2020 Styrian GP: Quali per sector

Let’s take a quick look at the fastest sectors done during the exciting (and certainly wet) qualifying session.


A very simple analysis was done. I got the best sector times for each one of the drivers, and calculated the delta from each one of them to the best sector time done in each of the respective sectors.

Delta to leader per sector

Lewis Hamilton took pole position in dominating fashion, but throughout the whole session, both he and Max Verstappen were very even. The Dutchman was less than one-tenth away from Lewis in both sectors 1 and 3, and just over 1 tenth slower in sector 2.

Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz both showed the power of McLaren in wet conditions. While Lando was unable to put a lap together in Q3, Sainz will start from an incredible 3rd position and will be looking to defend against the “racy” Valtteri Bottas.

On the other end of the spectrum, Racing Point was deeply disappointing on Saturday morning. Sergio Perez had the slowest sector 2 time and ranked in the bottom three positions in both sectors 1 and 3. Lance Stroll fared slightly better but still lacked pace in sectors 2 and 3, only able to beat some of the slowest cars of the grid.

A shoutout should be given to George Russell. While it is true that Williams is in a much different position than last year, he still had a superb performance during the qualifying session. The Britishman struggled to get speed in sector 1 but had a fantastic sector 3. His best time in sector 3 was faster than any time done by Alex Albon, Charles Leclerc, and Sebastian Vettel. Incredible performance.

Final remarks

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  1. Emir Kaan Kamiloğlu

    Hello! Rookie analyst here. Can i ask, where do you get your data? Very good work by the way. Love it!

    • admin

      Hello Emir

      Thanks for the nice comments. Most of the data is taken from the FIA website, but for sector analyses it’s necessary to obtain the data from the Formula 1 live timing app.

      • Emir Kaan Kamiloğlu

        Thanks for the answer. And do you web scrape or just manually make them a dataset? Im not capable of web scraping right now. But i might begin to work on that.

        • admin

          I am very sorry for the late response. I got busy and totally forgot to answer. I apologize.

          I do a mix of both. There’s some data that I scrape programatically and some that I more or less update manually. Most of the process is fairly automated, but I double check the numbers as much as I can since the data is unfortunately not as standardized as you would expect.


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