F1 Fancy Stats: Lap 1 Baseline Retention

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This article on advanced statistics applied to Formula 1 focuses on baseline position retention after the first lap of a grand prix race. Baseline position retention is simply a measure of how often a driver is able to retain or move up from their starting position after the first lap of the race.

This statistic¬†complements the widely-used positions gained and lost off after lap one in determining a driver’s opening-lap efficiency and effectiveness,¬†and one of the advantages that it holds over position net gain/loss is that it fairly rewards the polesitter for executing the start properly and retaining first place after the opening lap, in general it is more if not entirely driver-dependent, and there are only two possible outcomes. Continue reading “F1 Fancy Stats: Lap 1 Baseline Retention”