DIFFERENT TYRE STRATEGIES AT A VERY CLOSELY-FOUGHT RACE WON BY MERCEDES DRIVER LEWIS HAMILTON
TWO STOPS FOR MOST COMPETITORS: SAUBER’S PASCAL WEHRLEIN FINISHES IN THE POINTS WITH JUST ONE STOP
CONTAINED WEAR AND DEGRADATION, WITH A VERY FAST MEDIUM TYRE, THE KEY TO AN EXTREMELY FAST RACE IN HIGH TEMPERATURES
Both fought hard on the track as well as in the pits with their different strategies, but eventually finished the race in the order in which they started it on the grid. Conditions remained dry and warm, ending in track temperatures of 43 degrees centigrade.
Only three drivers started the race on the medium tyre, with Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat running a medium-soft-soft race to finish in the points from the last row of the grid. Pascal Wehrlein was another points finisher for Sauber, ending up eighth (following a five-second penalty) after stopping just once, completing two roughly equal stints on the soft and the medium.
MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“Hamilton sealed victory thanks also to the low degradation and strong performance of the medium tyre that he ran in the second stint; the same strategy adopted by Daniel Ricciardo in third. Degradation and wear was low despite the high track temperatures; demonstrated by the fact that Hamilton set the fastest lap of the race very close two laps from the end with a time more than 3.4 seconds faster than the equivalent last year.
BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
LONGEST STINT OF THE RACE
Lewis Hamilton won the race using two pit stops: starting on soft, changing to medium on lap 22, and then going back to soft on lap 37. This was the most likely, but not theoretically fastest scenario, which was predicted to be a three-stopper. The highest-placed three-stopper was local hero Fernando Alonso, in 12th.