This first chart aims to summarise the classification at the end of each of the three practice sessions and qualifying. I find it a bit hard to make any sense of? What position did Maldonado qualify in, for example, or where was WEB classified in P2?
Here's another take - does the tabulation offer more than the graphical view?
The next chart summarises positions at the end of each session in qualifying. There are two major considerations here - do we order results Q1, Q2, Q3 or Q3, Q2, Q1? And how do we order the drivers? In this configuration, I have drivers arranged by their classification at the end of Q1, ranked with first at the top and 24th at the bottom. I also need to work on a colour and line style palette.
The classification ranking is one thing, but it doesn't give us a feeling for how speed translates to laptime or laptime deltas between the cars? In this next chart, we use ultimate laptime on the x-axis, and see clear separation between the bottom teams and the rest of the field. We also see consistency between WEB and VET and ALO and MAS. Do you get the raw feeling that ALO is faster or slower than MAS (ALO was slower,,,)?
This chart looks rather more directly at laptime, comparing ultimate with best achieved laptimes. The distance away from the grey line, and the colour, indicates how far off ultimate the best time was. If we flip the axes, best laptimes slower than ultimate will appear above the line, which is a more natural way of looking at it, maybe?
Does speed appear to translate to an advantage in any particular sector? If we plot speed vs. sector delta, what does it show?