F1 2020 Pre-Season Testing Statistics

Who completed the most laps? Who set the fastest times? Who caused the most red flags? We have all the answers for you as we take a look at the statistics from F1’s 2020 pre-season testing!


REPORTS FROM EACH DAY

Before we delve into the numbers, here’s a summary of what happened on each day at testing. Click on a day to see the full report.

Day 1: Day 1 of pre-season testing saw Lewis Hamilton lead a Mercedes 1-2, with the team also completing the most laps.

Day 2As Mercedes raised eyebrows with their innovative DAS system, Alfa Romeo set the fastest lap time of the day.

Day 3: There were plenty of red flags as the lap times tumbled at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Day 4: Robert Kubica topped the timesheet for Alfa Romeo, while Red Bull and Racing Point showed good pace on harder tyre compounds.

Day 5: Ferrari set the pace and Williams complete the most laps as Mercedes ended the day bottom of the lap count.

Day 6: As the teams’ pre-season running came to an end, the majority of their best lap times tumbled.


FASTEST TIME EACH DAY

Five different drivers and three different teams set the fastest time of the day over the six days of F1 testing.

Day Driver Team Time Tyre
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:16.976 C2
2 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 1:17.091 C5
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:15.732 C5
4 Robert Kubica Alfa Romeo 1:16.942 C5
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:16.841 C5
6 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:16.196 C5

RED FLAGS

There were twelve red flags over the six days of pre-season testing in 2020, thirteen less than there were over last year’s eight days. Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari caused the most red flags, while Nicholas Latifi and Max Verstappen were the only other drivers to cause multiple stoppages. Here are all the red flags from testing and their causes:

DAY 1

No red flags

DAY 2

PM: Kimi Raikkonen comes to a halt, purposefully ran out of fuel

DAY 3

AM: Sebastian Vettel stops at Turn 12, engine problem
AM: Nicholas Latifi stopped on main straight, lost drive
PM: Kevin Magnussen in gravel between Turns 7 and 9 after a puncture at the rear
PM: Daniel Ricciardo stops on track near Turn 9

DAY 4

AM: Sebastian Vettel spins at Turn 8 but keeps going, red flag for mess on track
AM: Nicholas Latifi stops between Turns 9 and 10
PM: Max Verstappen and Daniil Kvyat both stopped on track at the same time

DAY 5

AM: Antonio Giovinazzi spins and hits barrier, red flag for debris
AM: Max Verstappen spins into gravel at Turn 5
AM: Sebastian Vettel spins at Turn 5, red flag for gravel on circuit
PM: Lewis Hamilton stops on track, oil pressure anomaly, engine shutdown as precaution

DAY 6

No red flags


FASTEST LAP FOR EACH DRIVER

Here’s the fastest lap set by each driver over the six days of testing:

  Driver Team Time Tyre Day
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:15.732 C5 Day 3
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:16.269 C4 Day 6
3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:16.276 C5 Day 6
4 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:16.360 C5 Day 6
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:16.410 C5 Day 6
6 Esteban Ocon Renault 1:16.433 C4 Day 6
7 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:16.634 C3 Day 6
8 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:16.820 C4 Day 6
9 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:16.841 C5 Day 5
10 George Russell Williams 1:16.871 C5 Day 6
11 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri 1:16.914 C3 Day 6
12 Robert Kubica Alfa Romeo 1:16.942 C5 Day 4
13 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:17.037 C4 Day 6
14 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:17.066 C5 Day 5
15 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 1:17.091 C5 Day 2
16 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:17.118 C3 Day 5
17 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:17.313 C5 Day 5
18 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:17.469 C4 Day 3
19 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:17.495 C4 Day 6
20 Alex Albon Red Bull 1:17.550 C2 Day 4
21 Lando Norris McLaren 1:17.573 C3 Day 5

FASTEST LAP FOR EACH TEAM

Here’s the fastest lap set by each team over the six days of testing:

  Team Time Tyre Day
1 Mercedes 1:15.732 C5 Day 3
2 Red Bull 1:16.269 C4 Day 6
3 Renault 1:16.276 C5 Day 6
4 Ferrari 1:16.360 C5 Day 6
5 Racing Point 1:16.634 C3 Day 6
6 McLaren 1:16.820 C4 Day 6
7 Williams 1:16.871 C5 Day 6
8 AlphaTauri 1:16.914 C3 Day 6
9 Alfa Romeo 1:16.942 C5 Day 4
10 Haas 1:17.037 C4 Day 6

 


DRIVER LAP COUNT

Here’s how many laps each driver completed on each day of testing and their overall totals:

DriverDAY 1DAY 2DAY 3DAY 4DAY 5DAY 6TOTAL
Lewis Hamilton9410673891490466
Carlos Sainz161-7646-163446
Charles Leclerc13249-80-181442
Sergio Perez58145-84-154441
Valtteri Bottas797765904779437
Max Verstappen168-86843145414
Sebastian Vettel-7310084145-402
Daniil Kvyat116-6261-160399
Romain Grosjean-15848107-86399
George Russell73116-59-146394
Esteban Ocon625276743775376
Pierre Gasly-1475925139-370
Daniel Ricciardo564193535965367
Alex Albon-13483296159366
Lando Norris-1374957113-356
Nicholas Latifi63-7248160-343
Lance Stroll52-11643130-341
Antonio Giovinazzi79-152-92-323
Kimi Raikkonen-134-51-115300
Kevin Magnussen106-4-11129250
Robert Kubica59--53--112


TEAM LAP COUNT

Here’s how many laps each team completed on each day of testing and their overall totals:

TeamDAY 1DAY 2DAY 3DAY 4DAY 5DAY 6TOTAL
Mercedes17318313817961169903
Ferrari132122100164145181844
McLaren161137125103113163802
Racing Point110145116127130154782
Red Bull16813416911392104780
AlphaTauri11614712186139160769
Renault1189316912796140743
Williams13611672107160146737
Alfa Romeo13813415210492115735
Haas10615852107111115649


2018 v 2019 v 2020 LAP COUNT

7,992 laps were completed over the two weeks of testing in 2018 – with a number of days in the first week being affected by poor weather conditions. 8,775 laps were completed over the eight days of the 2019 test. In 2020, there were only six days of testing, with the teams completing 7,744 laps in total. Here’s how each team’s lap count compares year on year:

 2018 Lap Count2019 Lap Count2020 Lap Count
Mercedes10401190903
Ferrari929997844
Red Bull783833780
McLaren599873802
Renault795962743
AlphaTauri835935769
Racing Point711625782
Alfa Romeo786922735
Haas695871649
Williams819567737


TEAM MATE LAP COUNT COMPARISON

Which drivers have completed the most laps in comparison to their team mate? The data is below:

  • Romain Grosjean completed 149 laps more than Kevin Magnussen
  • Sergio Perez completed 100 laps more than Lance Stroll
  • Carlos Sainz completed 90 laps more than Lando Norris
  • George Russell completed 51 laps more than Nicholas Latifi
  • Max Verstappen completed 48 laps more than Alex Albon
  • Charles Leclerc completed 40 laps more than Sebastian Vettel
  • Daniil Kvyat completed 29 laps more than Pierre Gasly
  • Antonio Giovinazzi completed 23 laps more than Kimi Raikkonen
  • Lewis Hamilton completed 29 laps more than Valtteri Bottas
  • Esteban Ocon completed 9 laps more than Daniel Ricciardo

BEST LAP TIME COMPARISON

How much faster (or slower) were each team in testing this year than last year? Here’s a comparison of each team’s best 2020 testing lap compared to their best 2019 testing lap, complete with the tyre compound on which each lap time was set:

 Best 2019 Time2019 TyreBest 2020 Time2020 TyreDifference
Williams1:18.130C51:16.871C5-1.259
Racing Point1:17.556C51:16.634C3-0.922
Red Bull1:17.091C51:16.269C4-0.822
Renault1:16.843C51:16.276C5-0.567
Mercedes1:16.224C51:15.732C5-0.492
Alfa Romeo1:17.239C51:16.942C5-0.297
McLaren1:16.913C51:16.820C4-0.093
Haas1:17.076C51:17.037C4-0.039
AlphaTauri1:16.882C51:16.914C30.032
Ferrari1:16.221C51:16.360C50.139






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