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Spanish GP: Pirelli Grand Prix Review


By Courtesy of Pirelli
August 17 2020

 
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KEY MOMENTS
* Mercedes driver Hamilton won in Spain from pole with a two-stop soft-medium-medium tyre strategy: the same as Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in second at the end. However, Verstappen stopped a few laps before Hamilton on each occasion.
* The other Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas finished third, also starting on the soft before moving onto the medium, but the Finn stopped twice again: for the soft tyre and then for the medium, making his third and final stop with two laps to go. He took the extra championship point for fastest lap.
* While the majority of drivers completed two stops, some did just one: with Racing Point’s Sergio Perez in fifth starting on soft and switching to medium, while Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel started on medium from P11 on the grid and then did an exceptionally long final stint on the soft to secure seventh.
* McLaren’s Carlos Sainz finished sixth with a soft-soft-medium strategy while Red Bull’s Alex Albon was eighth with another unique strategy: soft-hard-medium. Albon was the only driver to use the hard throughout the race.
* As a result, there were seven different strategies seen in the top eight.
* The overall race time in Barcelona was nearly 10 minutes faster than 2014: the first year of the hybrid turbo era. That translates into an average lap time that is more than eight seconds per lap faster: a rate of development that the tyres have been able to constantly keep pace with.

HOW EACH TYRE PERFORMED
HARD C1: Used only by Albon during the race, with this compound offering a lower level of grip at the Circuit de Catalunya compared to the two others.
MEDIUM C2: One of the main race tyres here that also proved itself capable of long stints: Hamilton said after the race that he even briefly thought about doing a one-stopper, but then decided with his team to stick to the two-stop plan. Claimed the point for fastest lap with Valtteri Bottas.
SOFT C3: Used by all the top 10 of the grid to take the start and combined performance with durability to even enable some one-stop strategies.

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF F1 AND CAR RACING
“Managing the tyres in these demanding conditions with nearly 50 degrees of track temperatures was a big challenge, especially on the soft tyre. Nonetheless, we saw stints of more than 30 laps on them, which was extremely impressive, leading to some one-stop strategies that we didn’t expect. In particular, Racing Point’s Sergio Perez was fifth with soft-medium one-stopper, while Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel also stopped once with a brave strategy, going from medium to soft. Despite the hottest temperatures that many of the drivers have ever raced and a wide range of demands, the tyres stood up extremely well to the challenge.” 

 

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
HARD		MEDIUM			SOFT
Albon 1m23.688s	Bottas 1m18.183s	Bottas 1m19.750s
-		Hamilton 1m19.822s	Grosjean 1m20.409s
-		Verstappen 1m21.477s  	Giovinazzi 1m21.801s	

LONGEST STINT OF THE RACE
COMPOUND	DRIVER		LAPS
HARD C1		Albon		22
MEDIUM C2	Magnussen	37
SOFT C3		Vettel		36

 

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