F1: Spanish GP fastest lap times

–by Mark Cipolloni–

Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff was all giddy after the Spanish GP because Lewis Hamilton’s fastest lap was just 3/10ths slower than the Red Bull of Max Verstappen.

However, further dissecting of the data reveals that Hamilton had DRS open the full length of the main straight on his fast lap and Verstappen did not.

DRS is worth close to 4/10ths. In addition, Verstappen already had three warnings for exceeding track limits, hence could not push too hard for risk of a penalty.

Hence, Mercedes is still at least 8/10ths behind Verstappen. We say Verstappen because the Red Bull in the hands of Sergio Perez is slower.  Verstappen is on another level to all the other drivers.

2023 Spanish GP Fastest Race Laps

Pos No. Driver Car/Engine Time Behind
1 1 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 1m16.330s 0.000s
2 11 Sergio Pérez Red Bull/Honda 1m16.666s 0.336s
3 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m16.676s 0.346s
4 4 Lando Norris McLaren/Mercedes 1m17.182s 0.852s
5 63 George Russell Mercedes 1m17.875s 1.545s
6 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m18.069s 1.739s
7 14 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin/Mercedes 1m18.083s 1.753s
8 77 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m18.242s 1.912s
9 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m18.357s 2.027s
10 10 Pierre Gasly Alpine/Renault 1m18.375s 2.045s
11 55 Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1m18.403s 2.073s
12 21 Nyck de Vries AlphaTauri/Honda 1m18.594s 2.264s
13 81 Oscar Piastri McLaren/Mercedes 1m18.679s 2.349s
14 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin/Mercedes 1m18.722s 2.392s
15 24 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m18.753s 2.423s
16 27 Nico Hülkenberg Haas/Ferrari 1m18.776s 2.446s
17 22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri/Honda 1m18.904s 2.574s
18 31 Esteban Ocon Alpine/Renault 1m18.946s 2.616s
19 23 Alexander Albon Williams/Mercedes 1m19.133s 2.803s
20 2 Logan Sargeant Williams/Mercedes 1m19.247s 2.917s
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