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F1 Data Junkie – Mclaren Driver Comparison Snapshots from the 2010 Chinese Grand Prix

Another Formula One Grand Prix race weekend, another chance to tinker with some F1 visualisations, this time from China. Not much new this week – it’s been more a case of me making a start on tidying up my scripts, but I have started trying to think about driver comparisons.

So for example, on the driver DNA charts, we see a difference in gear change behavior between Button and Hamilton about 40% of the way into the track:

We can see this a little more clearly on a geographical projection of the gear change data (the tracks are offset from each other to aid visualisation):

We can also see some different in rThrottlePedal behaviour:

Okay, that’s enough for just now – back to coding up some KML views for Google Earth ;-)


Data is grabbed from the McLaren F1 Live Dashboard during the race and is Copyright (©) McLaren Marketing Ltd 2010 (I think? Or possibly Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 2010(?)). I believe that speed, throttle and brake data are sponsored by Vodafone.

As ever, thanks to @bencc for grabbing the data. For more posts in this series, see: OUseful f1data.

Written by Tony Hirst

April 18, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Posted in Visualisation

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  1. [...] Two more lingering thoughts, 1. last years Chinese GP was at the end of the season, presumably it was moved closer to the start of the 2010 season to avoid weather problems. That didn’t seem to work out so well and 2. do we really need “driver DNA charts?” [...]

  2. Facinating. Wonder if the difference is down to different gear ratio choices reflecting different styles or just different ways to treat the tyres on the lap to use them up in different areas of the track.

    Great to see the 2 drivers side by side-it really shows how the visualisation delivers :)

    Nick Sharratt

    April 18, 2010 at 11:37 pm

  3. I did this F1 visualization series, I’m just catching up with it. Seems like a great way to marry hobbies and obsessions—though not sure which is which.

    Jim Groom

    April 22, 2010 at 3:31 am


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