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Average Driver Pitstops of 2022 so far

Some drivers change to new compounds a lot where some try to save their tyres. Let's see how many pitstops the drivers had in 2022 so far.
Ferrari pitstop photo from above

It is no secret that some (mostly experienced) drivers are phenomenal at managing tyres. This can be a real strategic advantage when you manage to save time by doing fewer pit stops than your opponent.

On the other hand, some drivers/cars can make up the time loss by using the pace advantage of new tyres or faster compounds.

Current season so far

To see if some driver-specific patterns emerge I looked into the pitstop data of the current season so far (up until France GP). As DNFs occur or drivers like Vettel miss some races I am using average pitstops per 30 laps as the metric. 30 is a good number for that because it is easy to understand and most results will be around 1.

Average pitstops per 30 laps

Looking at the current driver standings contenders you see Verstappen does way more stops than Leclerc. After the Monaco disaster for Charles, this seems to be a good strategy. With both teams having top cars they can also make up the lost time during a stop than the other teams.

The drivers with the least average stops per 30 laps are Vettel and Bottas. They seem to be good at managing their tyres and try to save time to other midfield cars.

Tsunoda and Latifi change their tyres very often. A factor for this is also damage to their car. When you need to get a new nose a compound change is free.

I did not excpect Alonso and Ricciardo to appear that high in the list. Both their teammates pit less often and scored more point. How much correlation between these two stats exist is unclear. If I remember correctly McLaren experimented with early compound changes with Ricciardo in the past when he was not in the points.

Tabular Data

Here you can have a more in-depth look into the data.

Driver
Constructor
Total Laps
Total Pitstops
Avg. stops per 30 laps
S. Vettel
Aston Martin
564
16
0.851
V. Bottas
Alfa Romeo
664
19
0.858
E. Ocon
Alpine F1 Team
696
20
0.862
K. Magnussen
Haas F1 Team
626
18
0.863
G. Russell
Mercedes
660
19
0.864
G. Zhou
Alfa Romeo
534
17
0.955
P. Gasly
AlphaTauri
658
21
0.957
L. Hamilton
Mercedes
711
23
0.970
C. Leclerc
Ferrari
607
20
0.988
A. Albon
Williams
636
21
0.991
L. Norris
McLaren
693
23
0.996
L. Stroll
Aston Martin
703
24
1.024
F. Alonso
Alpine F1 Team
637
22
1.036
M. Schumacher
Haas F1 Team
565
20
1.062
C. Sainz
Ferrari
534
19
1.067
D. Ricciardo
McLaren
694
25
1.081
S. Pérez
Red Bull
601
22
1.098
N. Hülkenberg
Aston Martin
107
4
1.121
M. Verstappen
Red Bull
689
26
1.132
N. Latifi
Williams
634
25
1.183
Y. Tsunoda
AlphaTauri
598
24
1.204

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