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Canadian GP: Pirelli Grand Prix Review

By Courtesy of Pirelli
June 12 2017

 
 Pirelli Canadian Grand Prix Review
 
Race Winner
 

A wide variety of strategies were seen at the Canadian Grand Prix, with Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton winning with an ultrasoft-supersoft strategy. The second and third place finishers also stopped only once but used the soft during the second stint. Hamilton completed a long first stint on the ultrasoft, which allowed him to make his sole pit stop without losing the lead.

Ferrari adopted a different approach, stopping twice in order to compete the race on the faster ultrasoft and make up positions at the end. In Sebastian Vettel’s case, this was influenced by front wing damage at the beginning of the race. All the drivers started on ultrasoft apart from Haas’s Kevin Magnussen and Sauber’s Pascal Wehrlein.

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“Conditions today were more blustery than they were during the weekend and the race got underway with an early safety car. These factors added more variables to the strategy calculations, and so we saw many teams trying different approaches, while reacting to changing race circumstances. Hamilton’s long opening stint on the ultrasoft enabled him to complete the race on the supersoft: the same strategy adopted by Force India, which used it to challenge for the podium. Ferrari reacted to Vettel’s early first pit stop by then using a different approach to make up places at the finish.”

TRUTHOMETER
Lewis Hamilton won the race using one pit stop and the strategy that we predicted was theoretically the second-fastest approach to the race. Hamilton went from ultrasoft to supersoft on lap 32, while his team mate Valtteri Bottas in second completed a shorter opening stint in accordance with our fastest strategy prediction, switching from ultrasoft to soft on lap 23.

 

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
SOFT		     SUPER SOFT		 ULTRA SOFT
Bottas 1m 15.894s    Hamilton 1m 14.551s Vettel 1m 14.719s
Ricciardo 1m 16.165s Alonso 1m 15.853s	 Raikkonen 1m 15.388s
- 		     Stroll 1m 15.979s 	 Hamilton 1m 16.037s

LONGEST STINT OF THE RACE
COMPOUND 	DRIVER 	  LAPS
SOFT 		Ricciardo 52
SUPERSOFT	Grosjean  68
ULTRASOFT 	Vandoorne 45

 

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