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Brazilian GP: Pirelli Grand Prix Review

By Courtesy of Pirelli
November 12 2018

 
 Pirelli Brazilian Grand Prix Review
 
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With overtaking and action from start to finish, as well as several changes of lead and a tight battle for victory, Brazil delivered an excitingly strategic race, with three different tactical approaches from the three leading teams. In total, there were five different strategies in the top six, and many other variations further down the field.

Lewis Hamilton eventually won the race for Mercedes, with a one-stop supersoft-medium strategy, while Red Bull’s Max Verstappen – the race leader until a clash with a lapped car – selected a supersoft-soft strategy, also used by his team mate Daniel Ricciardo to recover well from 11th due to a grid penalty.
Ferrari was the only team in the top 10 to start on the soft tyre, with Kimi Raikkonen ending up third with a single stop for the medium tyre, while his team mate Sebastian Vettel went for a two-stopper using all three compounds. At the flag, the top four were separated by just five seconds. Another impressive performance came from Sauber’s Charles Leclerc, who used the same strategy as the race winner to maintain the strong P7 he scored in qualifying to the end of the grand prix.

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“As expected weather conditions were warmer today, which contributed to some cases of blistering. Brazil was definitely one of the most entertaining races of the year, where strategy was not only crucial but also very varied. Despite these extremely different approaches, the fight was very close among all the top teams and there was plenty of wheel-to-wheel racing, which is exactly the objective that we are all aiming for in Formula 1: drivers pushing hard for the win rather than managing pace. Red Bull and Max Verstappen made particularly good use of the tyres by showing consistent race-winning pace while using only the two softest compounds and stopping just once. Congratulations to Mercedes for another manufacturers’ title, sealed with another victory for Lewis Hamilton.”

THE WINNING STRATEGY
Lewis Hamilton won the race using one pit stop as we expected, going from supersoft to medium on lap 19. This was a bit earlier than we predicted, mainly due to the higher track temperatures than previous days causing more degradation than before.

 

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
MEDIUM		     SOFT		  SUPERSOFT
Raikkonen 1m11.769s  Bottas 1m10.540s     Vettel 1m10.831s
Hamilton 1m11.795s   Ricciardo 1m11.343s  Stroll 1m11.751s
Bottas 1m11.939s     Verstappen 1m11.578s Sainz 1m12.169s

LONGEST STINT OF THE RACE
COMPOUND	DRIVER 		 LAPS
SUPERSOFT	Perez, Ricciardo 39
SOFT		Magnussen	 41
MEDIUM 		Sirotkin 	 53

 

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