FERRARI DRIVER KIMI RAIKKONEN WINS A THRILLING GRAND PRIX
WITH THREE DIFFERENT STRATEGIES IN THE TOP THREE
RED BULL’S MAX VERSTAPPEN USES EXCELLENT STRATEGY
TO CLAIM SECOND FROM 18TH ON THE GRID
A SINGLE STOP FOR MOST DRIVERS
BUT TWO-STOP AND THREE-STOP STRATEGIES SEEN AS WELL
MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“Congratulations to Kimi Raikkonen for a brilliant win, after controlling one of the most tightly-fought grands prix of recent years, where tyre strategy played an important role. There were four different strategies in the top four, with the race also influenced by Lewis Hamilton’s early stop under the virtual safety car, as his team opted to take the opposite approach to Raikkonen, who stayed out. This put Hamilton on a very different strategy to those around him, which culminated in an extremely exciting finish. With limited dry running on Friday, the teams didn’t have the full picture on tyre wear and degradation, which undoubtedly contributed to the excitement and unpredictability today. Despite this handicap, all three compounds performed strongly and very consistently”.
BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
LONGEST STINT OF THE RACE
THE WINNING STRATEGY
Kimi Raikkonen made one stop, which was expected to be fastest, making his sole visit to the pits on lap 20. We predicted supersoft to soft as being the theoretically fastest strategy, but the Finn instead secured victory after starting on the ultrasoft.