It got me thinking a little bit, so I have worked out the number of laps driven and the time in the car, for each driver in the LMP1 category. For the purposes of this table I have included the time spent by drivers in the pits, so that the sum of the times for each car adds up to six hours, and the sum of the laps completed adds up to the number of laps completed by each car in the race (unless I have made a mistake).
|No.||Driver||No. of laps||Percent||Time||Percent|
|1||Loïc Duval||48||31%||1h 32m 16s||26%|
|Tom Kristensen||52||33%||2h 40m 38s||44%|
|Lucas di Grassi||57||36%||1h 49m 51s||30%|
|2||André Lotterer||49||31%||1h 34m 38s||26%|
|Benoît Tréluyer||42||27%||2h 19m 41s||39%|
|Marcel Fässler||66||42%||2h 07m 33s||35%|
|7||Alex Wurz||78||50%||2h 29m 40s||41%|
|Mike Conway||47||30%||2h 32m 14s||42%|
|Stéphane Sarrazin||30||20%||1h 00m 17s||17%|
|8||Sébastien Buemi||69||44%||2h 10m 58s||36%|
|Nicolas Lapierre||58||37%||2h 53m 50s||48%|
|Anthony Davidson||30||19%||0h 58m 08s||16%|
|9||Christophe Bouchut||53||37%||2h 50m 14s||47%|
|Lucas Auer||33||24%||1h 16m 21s||21%|
|James Rossiter||54||39%||1h 56m 06s||32%|
|12||Mathias Beche||67||45%||2h 16m 59s||38%|
|Nicolas Prost||24||16%||0h 49m 36s||14%|
|Nick Heidfeld||58||39%||2h 55m 33s||48%|
|13||Fabio Leimer||37||42%||1h 21m 39s||33%|
|Dominik Kraihamer||22||25%||0h 44m 24s||18%|
|Andrea Belicchi||29||33%||1h 58m 53s||49%|
|14||Romain Dumas||28||18%||0h 53m 01s||14%|
|Neel Jani||75||48%||3h 24m 47s||57%|
|Marc Lieb||53||34%||1h 44m 09s||29%|
|20||Mark Webber||46||30%||1h 28m 18s||24%|
|Timo Bernhard||59||38%||2h 56m 18s||49%|
|Brendon Hartley||50||32%||1h 37m 25s||27%|
I will leave readers to draw their own conclusions from all this, but feel that one or two of my own conclusions might also be appropriate. Firstly, it is noticeable that Toyota seems to favour one driver in each car over the others. Both Buemi and Wurz drove the TS040 twice during the race; at the start and again at the finish. Audi cycled their drivers through one driving shift each and Porsche split their strategy, giving Dumas, Jani and Lieb one stint each in the no. 14 but allowing Webber two stints (at the start and at the end) in the no. 20.
Surely minimising the number of driver changes must be the best strategy? Although tyre usage plays a role in when to change drivers.
It is also interesting - or perhaps fun would be a better word, for it is hardly an illuminating statistic - to see who actually achieved the fastest average speed for his stint. Probably by virtue of it being the shortest, that honour goes to Romain Dumas at 174.7km/h. Benoît Tréluyer, in the winning Audi, actually set the second slowest stint of all, completing his 42 laps at an average speed of just under 100km/h, but at least he kept it on the track.
And even though Neel Jani was at the wheel for longer than anyone else, it was Alexander Wurz who actually drove more laps than anyone else in the class, with a total of 78.
If anyone wants the same information for the P2 class or GT cars, then you'll have to bribe me: send whisky or leave a begging message below!