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Once again I have fallen down the rabbit hole. Much like the teams in our beloved sport, I am all about the data. Data reveals all. Well, not all, but having as much data in one place as possible, makes it much easier for us to know what the hell is really going on.
With all of the talk about tokens, engine upgrades, reliability upgrades, and all of the Renault engine failures, I went looking for information on exactly how far each PU had gone in each car. I couldn’t find it.
What follows is a comprehensive chart of every lap done by every car since Australia. I obtained my lap counts from the FIA’s website. It lists how many laps each car ran in each session. So for each driver, each weekend, there are 6 categories.
Most of these are self explanatory. The lap counts for FP sessions come straight from the FIA website. “Race” is how many laps the driver completed in the race, so if they were a lap down, they had a lap removed from the race total.
In-Out is my catch-all for untimed laps.
I added 1 lap for each FP session the car participated in. This is to account for the usual warm up laps that most teams do, that do not get timed because the cars go from pit to pit, not crossing the timing line. I then added 2 laps if they made it to the grid, and another lap if they crossed the finish line. Obviously this would be for the warm up laps, formation lap, and the victory lap, respectively.
A simple multiplication of the lap distance and we easily have total distances for each car, for each weekend.
Summary to Date, The important numbers:
As this is a lot of information to sift through, over the coming days we will be posting articles that summarise specific, easily digestible sections of the data. For the moment, here are some big picture numbers to chew on.
Mercedes has compiled about 41,685 Km worth of engine data.
Ferrari has compiled about 21,140 Km
Renault 20,175 Km
Honda 8,160 Km
Mercedes is averaging 2,779 Km on each of it’s ICE’s
Ferrari is averaging 2,114 Km
Renault 1,260 Km
Honda 1,020 Km
Longest distance covered on any ICE: Sergio Perez 5377.1 Km on ICE #1
Shortest distance covered on any ICE: Fernando Alonso 201.1 Km on ICE #1
Driver with Most ICE’s used: Max Verstappen 5
Driver with Least ICE’s used: Sergio Perez 1
Manufacturer with most ICE’s used: Renault 16
Manufacturer with least ICE’s used: Honda 8 (for 2 cars)
Manufacturer with lowest average # ICE used: Mercedes 1.8 / driver
The issues I am aware of:
Obviously, the teams are not very forthcoming with details about their cars. There are several, OK many, things we do not know, and therefore I had to make certain assumptions. For instance, we do not know which car was used for which testing days, nor do we know if the teams only used 1 chassis/engine over the course of both days, or used a separate car each day.
I have assumed, that all of the teams used both cars at the Spain testing, and that all teams used a different car each day.
I have also assumed that if a primary driver did the testing, he drove his own car. This leaves us with Ferrari and Force India, who ran test drivers on both days. I guessed which driver was driving which chassis, so those numbers might be off by as much as 70km.
The other major thing we do not know from testing, is whether the teams ran one of their Homologated Power Units, or some kind of “spare” unit. It is certainly possible that Mercedes/Ferrari/RB were running an “unaccounted for” PU.
I have assumed that they did not, and used the PU’s that were in the cars after the Barcelona race.
That’s all for now, please take a look over everything at your leisure. If you find any errors, or have any suggestions for improvement, please leave comments below. All positive suggestions will be considered, and probably incorporated.
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And for those of you thinking, “Hmm, it would be cool to see the Gearbox usage in the same way”. Do not fret, I am way ahead of you…