SEBASTIAN VETTEL WINS FOR FERRARI USING A ONE-STOP SUPERSOFT-SOFT STRATEGY FROM SECOND ON THE GRID
ONE STOP FOR THE MAJORITY OF DRIVERS, BUT SOME DIFFERENT STRATEGIC APPROACHES ALSO SEEN AT SPA
AN EARLY SAFETY CAR, FOLLOWING FIRST CORNER ACCIDENT, EXTENDS OPENING STINTS
Renault driver Carlos Sainz, McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen were the only drivers to use the medium tyre during the race, which was affected by an early safety car following a first-corner collision. After rain yesterday, conditions remained dry for the race, with ambient temperatures in the region of 19 degrees centigrade.
MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“The tyres stood up very well to the very intense demands of Spa. The early safety car had the effect of extending the opening stint, with the majority of drivers managing their pace sufficiently to comfortably ensure a one-stopper. A different approach was taken by Valtteri Bottas, who managed to finish in the top four from the back after stopping twice, with a long middle stint on the supersoft. Now we head for our home race at Monza next weekend, where we will have the same tyre nomination.”
BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
LONGEST STINT OF THE RACE
Sebastian Vettel won the race using one stop as expected, switching his supersofts for softs on lap 22: one lap after Lewis Hamilton, who was second for Mercedes.