LEWIS HAMILTON LEADS A MERCEDES ONE-TWO AT MONZA
WITH THE TOP THREE ALL USING IDENTICAL STRATEGIES
ALTERNATIVE STRATEGY USED BY RED BULL’S DANIEL RICCIARDO
TO FINISH FOURTH FROM 16TH ON THE GRID
ONE-STOP STRATEGY FOR PRACTICALLY ALL THE DRIVERS ON THE FASTEST TRACK OF THE YEAR, WITH HIGH ENERGY LOADS
Monza, September 3, 2017 – As expected, nearly all the drivers chose a one-stop supersoft-soft strategy at the Italian Grand Prix, which was won by Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton to take the lead of the championship by three points.An alternative strategy was adopted by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, who started 16th on the grid as a result of penalties. He began on soft and then moved onto the supersoft in the closing stages of the race. The Australian also set the fastest lap of the race, which was two seconds faster than last year’s equivalent, using the same tyres.Following torrential rain yesterday, conditions in Monza were dry today with ambient temperatures of 28 degrees centigrade and track temperatures of 37 degrees centigrade.
MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“After an unpredictable weekend up to now, the race turned out exactly as we expected, with nearly all the drivers completing one-stop strategies. Daniel Ricciardo made excellent use of an alternative one-stop strategy to make up 12 places, and his fastest lap shows just how much quicker the car and tyre package is this year, despite the fact that Monza is mainly dominated by straights.”
BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
LONGEST STINT OF THE RACE
Lewis Hamilton won the race using one pit stop, going from supersoft to soft on lap 32, as anticipated. His team mate Valtteri Bottas followed an identical strategy, stopping one lap later and finishing five seconds behind Hamilton at the flag. Both used exactly the strategy we indicated as the winning one.