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Mexican GP: Pirelli Grand Prix Review

By Courtesy of Pirelli
October 30 2017

 
 Pirelli Mexican Grand Prix Review
 
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A thrilling Mexican Grand Prix was won by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen with an expected one-stop strategy, but an early collision between title protagonists Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) forced them both onto different two-stop strategies.

After pitting for soft tyres at the end of the opening lap, they both used a virtual safety car halfway through the race to switch on to supersoft (for Hamilton) and ultrasoft (for Vettel). But as Vettel did not finish in the top two, Hamilton could claim his fourth drivers’ title – and his third with Pirelli.

Along with Renault’s Carlos Sainz and Force India’s Sergio Perez, Hamilton and Vettel were the only drivers to stop twice. All the other drivers stopped just once, with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen the highest-placed competitor to use the soft (rather than the supersoft) for his second stint.

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“The collision on the opening lap and the virtual safety car meant that Hamilton and Vettel both had to diverge from the expected one-stop strategy, adding an extra tactical element to this race. Keeping the tyres within the correct operating window was essential, with low degradation, minimal downforce in the thin air, and a slippery surface in Mexico, but Verstappen managed this perfectly to seal a textbook victory. We saw all three compounds used during the race, with teams implementing different strategies to react to the changing circumstances of this fascinating grand prix, and no issues whatsoever from the tyres. Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton for a well-deserved fourth driver’s title, following a stunning season.”

TRUTHOMETER
Max Verstappen won the Mexican Grand Prix with a one-stop strategy as expected, making his sole pit stop from ultrasoft to supersoft on lap 32.

 

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
SOFT		    SUPER SOFT		 ULTRA SOFT
Raikkonen 1m 20.054 Verstappen 1m 18.892 Vettel 1m 18.785
Vettel 1m 20.698    Bottas 1m 19.374	 Perez 1m 19.929
Ocon 1m 20.946      Hamilton 1m 19.945   Grosjean 1m 20.345

LONGEST STINT OF THE RACE
COMPOUND 	DRIVER 	  			LAPS
SOFT 		Massa 	  			67
SUPERSOFT	Vandoorne, Gasly, 
		Verstappen, Hamilton, Bottas	39
ULTRASOFT 	Vettel 				39

 

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