2020 Belgian GP: Fastest per micro-sector

Let’s take a look at the interactive map of the 2020 Belgian GP that shows the fastest driver in each one of my self-made micro-sectors.

Brief notice

If you hover over the micro-sectors (or click them if you’re using a mobile device), you will get additional information. In this case, the average speed (shown in km/h) of each driver over the course of the race is presented to you.


I started by obtaining data from the “telemetry” provided by the Formula 1 live app. The data contains information about the speed and position of each driver from the entirety of the race. I then decided to divide the track into 100 micro-sectors, each of about 100th of the length of the track.

After getting this data, I made a spatial analysis to classify each of the data points provided by the timing app into the just created micro-sectors. This meant that I would get the information from all 44 laps divided by micro-sector.

For the next step, I grouped the data by micro-sector and calculated the average speed achieved by each driver in that micro-sector. This means that the number that you see is the average speed done by each driver over all the laps of the race.

Finally, I created a simple interactive chart which allows you to explore the resulting data.

A couple of notes. First, this is the data as taken from the F1 live timing app. Second, this is still a very experimental analysis. Improvements will certainly be coming in the near future.

Final remarks

No time to do a full analysis today, I apologize. However, feel free to send me any questions that you may have regarding this analysis. If you want to see a specific analysis just let me know too and I’ll see if I can get it done.

I hope that you have enjoyed this article. If you did, please share it with your friends and let me know what you think in the comments below.


  1. Yash Dixit

    First of all, you are doing a really fab work out there providing amazing insights. My question was, didn’t Leclerc achieve a top speed of 362kmph in the Kemmel straight? This interactive picture shows Ocon as the fastest in that straight accordingly. Please could you have a look at it?
    Thank you. 🙂

    • admin

      Hello Yash

      Thank you for the nice comment. Yes, you are right that Leclerc hit a maximum speed of 362 km/h during the race. The chart, however, shows the average speed in that sector over the full race. Meaning that in that micro-sector, Ocon had the highest speed when considering all 44 laps of the race. If we consider only the maximum speed, then yes, Leclerc was the fastest with a top speed of 362 km/h, followed by Gasly, Grosjean and Norris, all with with a top speed of 351 km/h.

      I just created a quick post showing the top speeds for each driver (https://f1bythenumbers.com/2020-belgian-gp-race-maximum-speeds/), in case you’re interested in taking a look at it.

  2. Pendleton

    This is really amazing, thanks!

    • admin

      Thank you Pendleton, I’m glad you’re enjoying the content.

  3. Sieper

    Max the best on the brakes?


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