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Chinese GP: Pirelli Grand Prix Review

By Courtesy of Pirelli
April 15 2018

 
 Pirelli Chinese Grand Prix Review
 
Race Winner
 

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo won the Chinese Grand Prix from sixth on the grid, having started on the ultrasoft tyre and making two pit stops. His second stop was made under a safety car, enabling him to re-start with new soft tyres and gain an advantage over those one-stopping on a different strategy. His Red Bull team mate Max Verstappen adopted a similar strategy, with both cars double-stacking in the pits.

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas in second adopted a completely different strategy, similar to his team mate Lewis Hamilton and both Ferrari drivers: starting on the soft and making just one stop to medium. Despite this wide range of tactics with many drivers using all three compounds, there was a very tight battle between the frontrunners – where managing the tyres was paramount – all the way to the finish.

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“After Bahrain, we enjoyed another race where some different thinking on tyre strategy among the leading competitors led to a very exciting conclusion, with many different tactics in play. Track temperatures today were around 20 degrees higher than they had been over the previous couple of days, which meant that the teams were facing a few unknown factors heading into the race, not having run in these temperatures here before. Another factor that influenced tyre strategy and ultimately the race victory was a lengthy safety car period, allowing both Red Bulls to change tyres at an advantageous moment, while reducing wear and degradation for everyone else who stayed out. In total, six drivers, including the race winner, used all three compounds.”

TRUTHOMETER
Daniel Ricciardo won the race using two pit stops, going from ultrasoft to medium at the end of lap 17, and then from medium to soft under the safety car at the end of lap 31. He was one of only seven cars to start the race on the ultrasoft tyre.

 

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
MEDIUM		    SOFT		 ULTRASOFT
Raikkonen 1m36.456s Ricciardo 1m35.785s  Grosjean 1m37.410s
Hamilton 1m36.878s  Verstappen 1m36.206s Ocon 1m37.985s
Bottas 1m36.987s    Hulkenberg 1m36.881s Gasly 1m38.367s

LONGEST STINT OF THE RACE
COMPOUND 	DRIVER 	  	  LAPS 
MEDIUM 		Hamilton 	  38
SOFT		Ericsson, Alonso  29
ULTRASOFT 	Gasly, Ocon       25

 

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