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Chinese GP: Pirelli Grand Prix Review

By Courtesy of Pirelli
April 9 2017

 
 Pirelli Chinese Grand Prix Review
 
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Lewis Hamilton won on a drying track where pit stop strategy was influenced by an early virtual safety car followed by a real safety car in the opening laps. Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz was the only driver to begin the race on slick tyres, when all the other drivers started on intermediates and then moved onto slicks within the first 10 laps, using a variety of different strategies with the soft and supersoft compounds. Verstappen used a more aggressive strategy based on the supersoft to make up 13 places from his grid slot at a strategically complex race with plenty of action. After a damp start, the weather remained dry, with the fastest race lap more than four seconds quicker than last year’s one. This was a bigger margin of lap time improvement compared to 2016 than that seen in Australia, despite the tricky conditions.

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“The teams had limited information coming into the grand prix, which presented another totally new set of conditions for the third consecutive day. So they had to react to changing circumstances. Despite the runs through the pit lane under the safety car, most of the frontrunners effectively stopped twice showing a limited degree of degradation”.

 

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
Intermediate	     Soft		 Super Soft
Hamilton 2m 17.879s  Hamilton 1m 35.378s Raikkonen 1m 36.003s
Bottas 2m 19.113s    Vettel 1m 35.423s	 Massa 1m 36.511s 
Ricciardo 2m 19.944s Bottas 1m 35.849s 	 Perez 1m 36.531s

LONGEST STINT OF THE RACE
COMPOUND 	DRIVER 			LAPS 
INTERMEDIATE 	Ric/Rai/Ver/Ham/Bot 	4
SOFT		Ocon			40
SUPER SOFT	Palmer			30

 

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