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2018 Mexican Grand Prix – Race

2018 Mexican Grand Prix – Race

RED BULL’S MAX VERSTAPPEN WINS THE RACE WHILE MERCEDES DRIVER 
LEWIS HAMILTON WINS THE TITLE, USING DIFFERENT TWO-STOP STRATEGIES

HIGH DEGRADATION, BUT FERRARI’S KIMI RAIKKONEN FINISHES 
ON THE PODIUM WITH JUST ONE STOP AND A 54-LAP STINT ON SUPERSOFT

FINAL 2019 DEVELOPMENT TEST ON TUESDAY AS SAUBER TESTS 
FOR PIRELLI, FOLLOWED BY A DEMONSTRATION RUN BY TATIANA CALDERON

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING

“From the point of view of tyre management it was a tricky race, with a two-stopper confirmed as the winning strategy, but also with many drivers opting to stop just once. From the beginning, the teams had to manage tyres, degradation and also graining, with a number of different approaches seen. In fact, neither of the top three teams used identical strategies with both of their cars: a sign of how difficult it was to call. As expected, the teams also had to react to race circumstances as they happened, with virtual safety cars adding to the strategic complexity. Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes for a well-deserved driver’s championship after a dominant season.”

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND

LONGEST STINT OF THE RACE

THE WINNING STRATEGY

As we expected, a two-stopper proved to be the quickest strategy. Max Verstappen went for the theoretically fastest strategy that we predicted: an initial stint on ultrasoft followed by two stints on supersoft. Verstappen made his first stop in the 71-lap race on lap 13 and his second stop on lap 48.

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