FERRARI DRIVER SEBASTIAN VETTEL WINS A THRILLING GRAND PRIX HELPED BY PIT STOP STRATEGY FROM SECOND ROW OF THE GRID
ONE-STOPPER FROM ULTRASOFT TO SOFT UTILISED BY THE MAJORITY OF DRIVERS, IN WARM AND DRY CONDITIONS
ALTERNATIVE STRATEGY USED BY RED BULL, STARTING ON THE SUPERSOFT. DANIEL RICCIARDO FINISHES JUST OFF PODIUM DESPITE GRID PENALTY
The vast majority of drivers stopped just once, going from ultrasoft to soft, but a different strategy was used by Red Bull, with both drivers starting on supersoft before moving onto soft. Daniel Ricciardo ended up just off the podium in a close finish, despite a grid penalty.
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas and McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne also used a different strategy, starting on the ultrasoft and finishing in the points on the supersoft.
MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“There were effectively two halves to this grand prix, before and after the safety car, which helped to decide the outcome thanks to a clever pit strategy from Ferrari. In the end, we saw a very close race to the finish, with the top five places fiercely contested all the way to the final lap. Most drivers opted for a one-stop strategy, with the quite long safety car period mid-race also helping these tactics by minimising wear and degradation. The behaviour of all three compounds – each used as race tyres – was definitely positive. Two cars even finished the race on a one-stop strategy without using the hardest compound available.”
BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
LONGEST STINT OF THE RACE
Sebastian Vettel won the race by using the fastest one-stop strategy as we predicted for ultrasoft starters. We expected the cars to make their sole stop on lap 28; Vettel made his stop on lap 26, seven laps after a stop from former leader Lewis Hamilton.