FERRARI’S SEBASTIAN VETTEL WINS A STRATEGIC GRAND PRIX
WITH A TWO-STOP STRATEGY
ALL THE DRIVERS STOP TWICE APART FROM SAUBER’S PASCAL WEHRLEIN
SEVERAL VARIATIONS ON THE TWO-STOP STRATEGY,
USING SOFT AND SUPERSOFT, WITH CONTAINED DEGRADATION
MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“Strategy was at the heart of this race, which was influenced also by an early safety car. In any case, a two-stop strategy was clearly the way forward in these conditions, but we saw different variations of this strategy, depending on the order in which the drivers used the supersoft and soft. Cooler conditions compared to previous days resulted in lower degradation for the supersoft and very good consistency for the soft”.
BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
LONGEST STINT OF THE RACE
Sebastian Vettel won the race with a two-stop strategy, as expected (depending on levels of degradation on the supersoft). The degradation level turned out to be medium, which meant that a two stop strategy with two initial stints on supersoft of 19 laps each, followed by a final run on the soft to the flag, was theoretically fastest (the arrival of the safety car caused many drivers to bring forward their first pit stops, to lap 13). This was the strategy adopted by both Vettel and Bottas, with Vettel stopping on laps 10 and 33.