MERCEDES DRIVER VALTTERI BOTTAS WINS WITH ONE-STOP STRATEGY, AFTER GREAT DUEL AGAINST SEBASTIAN VETTEL’S FERRARI AT THE END
HIGHEST TEMPERATURES SEEN ALL WEEKEND: ONE-STOP FOR THE MAJORITY OF DRIVERS AS EXPECTED
SOME BLISTERING NOTED DUE TO THE LONG TURN 3 AT SOCHI BUT THIS DOES NOT IMPACT ON TYRE PERFORMANCE
MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“The Russian Grand Prix played out as we expected it to strategically, despite an early safety car and temperatures that were the highest we have seen all weekend. There was a small amount of blistering on the front left tyre for some drivers, due to the long Turn 3, but this didn’t influence performance. The smooth surface meant that it was a one-stopper for the vast majority of competitors, with low degradation as expected. We saw some different thinking about the timing of the pit stops, especially from Bottas and Vettel, which made for an exciting run to the chequered flag.”
BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
LONGEST STINT OF THE RACE
Strategically, the race developed as expected. We thought that the fastest strategy would be a one-stopper going from ultrasoft to supersoft after lap 26. Bottas stopped on lap 28, while Vettel hung on for six laps more before making his stop. The timing of everybody’s stops was influenced by the early safety car.