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Russian GP: Pirelli Grand Prix Review

By Courtesy of Pirelli
October 1 2018

 
 Pirelli Russian Grand Prix Review
 
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The top four finishers at the Russian Grand Prix used the same ultrasoft-soft strategy, having also occupied the first four places on the grid.

By contrast, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was fifth from the very back of the grid after using an alternative soft-ultrasoft strategy and leading for a large part of the race.

Some graining was seen on the ultrasoft, also due to weather that was a bit cooler than previous days, with some rain falling before the start of the race (which nonetheless remained dry from start to finish).

All three compounds were used, in track temperatures of around 30 degrees centigrade.

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“There were no real surprises during this race, with the top four drivers carrying out the strategy that we predicted to be theoretically quickest, but we saw a brilliant drive from Max Verstappen and his Red Bull team mate Daniel Ricciardo, who used an alternative strategy to move up into the top six from the back of the grid. Tyre degradation was very low, which allowed for some long stints on the soft. Generally speaking, the tyre performance on these fastest-ever Formula 1 cars was exactly in line with our expectations, with a new race lap record set at the very end by Valtteri Bottas on the soft.”

THE WINNING STRATEGY
Lewis Hamilton won the race using one pit stop, going from ultrasoft to soft on lap 14, as we expected. The top four followed the same strategy, ahead of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo who started on soft. The highest-classified driver to start the race on hypersoft was Sauber’s Charles Leclerc in seventh.

 

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
SOFT		   ULTRASOFT		HYPERSOFT
Bottas 1m35.861s   Verstappen 1m36.283s Perez 1m41.143s
Hamilton 1m35.916s Ricciardo 1m36.345s  Leclerc 1m41.502s
Vettel 1m35.990s   Ericsson 1m37.931s   Magnussen 1m41.658s

LONGEST STINT OF THE RACE
COMPOUND 	DRIVER 	  LAPS
SOFT 		Alonso    47
ULTRASOFT	Sainz	  19
HYPERSOFT 	Perez 	  12

 

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