2019 Australian GP: Slow as a snail

Hello again! Today, we will take a look at the slowest laps from the 2019 Australian Grand Prix. Nothing fancy here, just a look at pure raw speed (or lack of pure raw speed now that I think about it).

Who do you think was the slowest driver on the grid? And how about the slowest team? I am sure that most of you already have someone in mind. Clearly Hamilton with his sluggish Mercedes. Cough cough. Anyways, might as well just look at the data and get all the relevant information.

Slowest 20 laps

So there we go, the slowest 20 laps of the race. The graph shows the worst laps after removing those in which the driver went or came out of the pits. This way, we can analyze representative laps and compare them properly. The bold number next to the driver’s name indicates in which lap was that particular time recorded. 

Unfortunately for Robert Kubica, he has the not so great honor of holding 13 of the slowest 20 laps of the race, including the bottom 6 slowest laps. Not a great start for a man who is clearly looking to win the World Championship with his mighty Williams car. His lap 22 was particularly bad, with a time of 1:30.197. I had to double check the raw data to see if that number was indeed a normal lap and not one in which he stopped for new tires.

Other drivers to place among the worst in this category are Alexander Albon, Antonio Giovinazzi, Daniil Kvyat and George Russell. In total, Williams holds 16 out of the 20 slowest laps of the race.

Slowest 40 laps

Since I was not done accepting that Kubica had so many bad laps, I went back to the data and decided to make a new analysis with the bottom 40 laps of the race. The results were not encouraging.

This time it is clear that it was not Williams’ night. Yes, we already knew they were slow. Yes, we were expecting them to finish dead last. But knowing that they had 31 of the slowest 40 laps is still pretty remarkable, with Kubica and Russell doing 19 and 12 of them respectively.

Antonio Giovinazzi also posted a few slow laps, with lap 2 and 3 possibly being attributed to nerves, while lap 26 was certainly caused by his hard battle with McLaren’s Lando Norris.

An interesting inclusion here is the 1:32.630 performed by Charles Leclerc during lap 9. While we knew from the previous post (check it out here if you have not seen it) that he did not have the best first stint, it is still strange to see a Ferrari with one of the worst times of the race.

Conclusion

Williams. FFFFFFFFFFFF. Not surprising since we know about all the problems that they have, but it is still incredible to see the data and realize that they keep getting worse and worse. As the season goes on, we should be able to gather more data and hopefully see the progression, or lack of thereof, of every team on the grid.

I hope you enjoyed this short post, and leave your comments below or contact me if you want me to write about a particular team or driver.

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