2022 Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix interactive F1 lap charts

A rain-affected race at Imola would have seen virtually no variation in the strategies Ferrari had not tried to put Red Bull under pressure in the closing stages.

The whole field took the start on intermediates and Daniel Ricciardo was the first to gamble on a switch to slicks. The lower tire blanket temperature limits this year immediately make this a particularly risky decision, but McLaren timed it well, and when it became clear Ricciardo’s tires followed were working the rest of the field him.

After the field switched to medium rubber together, they could have reached the end of the race without pitting again. But Ferrari thought they saw an opportunity to aid Leclerc’s pursuit of second place. Lying behind the Red Bull pair, they brought him in with 14 laps to go to take a set of soft tires.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believed they did so because of the state of his tires.

“I think that their front tire was starting to get into a bit of trouble for them, so I think they needed to pit,” he said. “They could see the traffic and I think they’d take the opportunity while Checo was in traffic.

“But it didn’t play out like that. So we were able to respond with Checo and then cover with Max [Verstappen] and maintain track position on better tires with both drivers.”

However Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto said the pit stop had been a purely tactical move to put more pressure on Perez.

Race start, Imola, 2022
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“We were not running out of front tires,” he said. “At that time in the race the pace with Sergio Perez was very, very similar or slightly better.

“But because we believed that there was no opportunity for us to attack and overtake Perez with those tires any more we did the pit stops to hope at least that they would have stopped as well. Which was the case, so they were both on new tires resetting the race 15 laps to go and on soft tires.”

Unfortunately for Ferrari, Leclerc spun into a barrier while trying to line Perez up for a pass. Nonetheless Binotto said the tactic paid off until that point. “It worked pretty well because Charles was very close to Sergio, he tried to attack before he made the mistake.”

Trying to take the bonus point for the fastest lap was only a secondary consideration, Binotto added. “For us, I think at that stage it was more important to attack and to [get] ahead of Sergio. We thought it would have been an opportunity and a possibility and went for it.”

While the Red Bull drivers also took extra soft tires to cover off the threat of Leclerc, the only other driver to deviate from the standard strategy was Daniel Ricciardo. McLaren put him on a set of hards in the hope they might catch a lucky break, to no avail.

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2022 Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix lap chart

The positions of each driver on every lap. Click name to highlight, right-click to reset. Toggle drivers using controls below:

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2022 Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix race chart

The gaps between each driver on every lap compared to the leader’s average lap time. Very large gaps omitted. Scroll to zoom, drag to pan and right-click to reset. Toggle drivers using controls below:

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2022 Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix lap times

All the lap times by the drivers (in seconds, very slow laps excluded). Scroll to zoom, drag to pan and toggle drivers using the control below:

2022 Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

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2022 Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix tire strategies

The tire strategies for each driver:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3 Stint 4
Max Verstappen Intermediate (19) C3 (32) C4 (12)
Sergio Perez Intermediate (18) C3 (32) C4 (13)
Lando Norris Intermediate (19) C3 (44)
George Russell Intermediate (18) C3 (45)
Valtteri Bottas Intermediate (18) C3 (45)
Charles Leclerc Intermediate (19) C3 (30) C4 (4) C4 (10)
Yuki Tsunoda Intermediate (18) C3 (45)
Sebastian Vettel Intermediate (17) C3 (46)
Kevin Magnussen Intermediate (18) C3 (45)
Lance Stroll Intermediate (18) C3 (44)
Esteban Ocon Intermediate (18) C3 (44)
Alexander Albon Intermediate (17) C3 (45)
Pierre Gasly Intermediate (17) C3 (45)
Lewis Hamilton Intermediate (18) C3 (44)
Zhou Guanyu Intermediate (18) C3 (44)
Nicholas Latifi Intermediate (18) C3 (44)
Mick Schumacher Intermediate (18) C3 (34) C4 (10)
Daniel Ricciardo Intermediate (2) C3 (14) C2 (14)
Fernando Alonso Intermediate (6)
Carlos Sainz Jnr Intermediate (1)

2022 Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

Driver Team Pit stop time Gap On lap
1 Sergio Perez Red Bull 29.627 50
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 29.942 0.315 51
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 30.001 0.374 19
4 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 30.042 0.415 49
5 Lando Norris McLaren 30.070 0.443 19
6 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 30.155 0.528 30
7 Sergio Perez Red Bull 30.366 0.739 18
8 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 30.372 0.745 18
9 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 30.405 0.778 17
10 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 30.422 0.795 16
11 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 30.484 0.857 17
12 Alexander Albon Williams 30.793 1.166 17
13 Mick Schumacher Haas 30.984 1.357 52
14 George Russell Mercedes 31.079 1.452 18
15th Nicholas Latifi Williams 31.125 1.498 18
16 Mick Schumacher Haas 31.320 1.693 18
17 Esteban Ocon Alpine 31.409 1.782 18
18 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 31.794 2.167 19
19 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo 32.203 2.576 18
20 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 32.362 2.735 2
21 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 32.667 3.040 18
22 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 32.740 3.113 18
23 Kevin Magnussen Haas 33.765 4.138 18
24 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 36.560 6.933 53
25 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 40.957 11.330 18

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