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Spanish GP: Pirelli Grand Prix Review

By Courtesy of Pirelli
May 14 2018

 
 Pirelli Spanish Grand Prix Review
 
 

Most drivers went for a one-stop soft-medium strategy in Spain, including the top three, but two and even three stops were also seen during the 66-lap race.

Conditions were variable, with sunshine, a few drops of rain and wind making the track hard to predict, with changeable grip levels. The race ended with temperatures that were 17 degrees ambient and 26 degrees on track.

The new surface has made the track considerably quicker, with the frontrunners lapping up to four seconds faster than they did last year. The race lap record was also broken by a similar margin; making this the fastest-ever race on the current Barcelona circuit.

Nearly all the drivers started on the soft tyre, with an early safety car from lap one helping to reduce wear and degradation rates.

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“We saw different thinking from the top teams about whether or not this was a one or a two stop race, with the track conditions having been extremely hard to predict from the beginning of the weekend, not helped by the overnight rain. The laps under the safety car also affected race strategy, reducing wear and degradation at a crucial point in the race. Tyre-wise, we encountered no issues at all and no signs of blistering, with lap records and fastest laps set even when drivers were running on older medium compound tyres. This applied to the whole field, which was very evenly matched in terms of pace. Now we remain in Barcelona for the first in-season test of the year, which will include development testing of the 2019 tyres, with McLaren and Force India.”

TRUTHOMETER
Lewis Hamilton won the race using a one-stopper, going from soft to medium on lap 26. His team mate Valtteri Bottas followed an identical strategy but pitted six laps earlier.

 

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
MEDIUM		    SOFT		 SUPERSOFT
Ricciardo 1m18.441s Verstappen 1m20.603s Sirotkin 1m22.680s
Vettel 1m19.128s    Hamilton 1m20.849s	 Alonso 1m23.553s
Hamilton 1m19.133s  Perez 1m21.128s 	 -

LONGEST STINT OF THE RACE
COMPOUND 	DRIVER 	  	      	LAPS 
MEDIUM 		Bottas 			47
SOFT		Vandoorne, Verstappen	34
SUPERSOFT 	Sirotkin 		22

 

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