|Post-Hungarian GP Edition. Compilation by Rory Gordon, Australia|
The Superstats is an on-going project that attempts to classify various performances throughout an F1 season by, generally, averaging each race's performance, in several categories, over the entire season.
Conceived as the SuperGrid by the late John Taylor for Autocourse, I started my own compilations when Taylor died. Originally, the SuperStats - as the project was to become - was developed purely for my own interest. This has not changed, and the day I get bored with the SuperStats, they will stop.
All figures used in the SuperStats are based on the official FIA timing sheets and, where necessary, those sheets are deemed to be the final authority.
This will not happen, but to calm those devotees, here are the latest figures in those categories. Please note that in these two tables, the usual technique of depicting drivers who have not participated in all sessions/races is not used - mainly because it makes the tables almost unreadable.
Also bear in mind that Salo appears three times - as he will for the rest of the season - once each for his times with BAR and Ferrari, and once for his overall performances.
The last edition of the SuperStats, on pit stops, aroused quite a bit of controversy, with many people asking why the figures were not "normalised" in some way. Firstly, apologies to all those who did send a message and who have not got a reply. Usually, replies are sent to anyone who makes a valid point... usually, there isn't such a flood of messages.
Next, and to the point, it was suggested that since all pit stops are not equal, there ought to be some way of differentiating between, for example, a stop for tyres and one for a front wing. I agree in principle. However, who is to decide where the line is drawn? And how the figures should be "normalised"? Is there a difference between a fuel and tyres stop that goes very wrong, and a front-wing stop that goes very well?
Originally, the SuperStats were based on figures from a variety of sources. Over time, it became apparent that there were discrepancies in these figures. Today, the only figures used in the SuperStats are based on those from the official FIA timesheets - other sources are used for checking, but never as a primary source. Put simply, the FIA timesheets do not differentiate between pit stops for different purposes, hence neither do the SuperStats.
The raw data are copyright © 1999 F?d?ration de l'Automobile (2 Chemin Blandonnet, 1215 Geneva 15, Switzerland). These compilations are copyright © 1999 Rory Gordon. Reproduction in any form of these compilations is forbidden without the express permission of the compiler.
The data are subject to revision. The compiler will not be held responsible for any errors or omissions.
For any comments, please contact the compiler.