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Pirelli F1 Japan Grand-Prix race review

Pirelli F1 Japan Grand-Prix race review

09.10.2016: - Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg wins an action-packed Japanese Grand Prix with a two-stop strategy





- Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg wins an action-packed Japanese Grand Prix with a two-stop strategy

- All three compounds on the grid at the start of the race

- Force India uses all three compounds during the Grand-Prix

- Williams drivers finish in the points with a one-stop strategy





The Japanese Grand Prix lived up to its action-packed reputation, with plenty of overtaking and a wide variety of tyre strategies at work. A two-stop soft-hard-hard strategy proved to be the most popular option, used by all the top three.


Nico Rosberg won the race after making a perfect start from pole and resisting attempts by the Red Bull drivers to ‘undercut’ him by making their first pit stops early.



The other Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton stayed out slightly longer to gain track position, eventually finishing third after slipping down to eighth following a poor start.


At the final pit stops he got past Vettel, who ran the soft tyres for his final stint. Hamilton used the extra durability of the hard tyres to challenge Red Bull’s Max Verstappen for second in the closing stages, setting up an unpredictable finale.


Not everybody followed the two-stop strategy though: Williams drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa stopped only once and both finished in the points. Both Renaults and  Saubers also stopped only once.


All three tyre compounds were seen at the start of the race, with the top 10 all starting on softs, while the one-stoppers began on either the medium or the hard tyre. Force India was the only team to use all three compounds during the race.



Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director:
“There was plenty of overtaking and tactics at work in Suzuka, with the three compounds we made available providing a wide variety of options when it came to how to run the strategy.


The dry weather and absence of safety cars meant that we had two stops for most of the field, but there were some other options that worked well too, including a one-stopper at one of the most demanding circuits of the year in terms of tyre usage.


Congratulations to Mercedes for another constructors’ title.”






Fastest times of the day by compound

     Hard    Medium    Soft


First    HAM 1m35.152s    PER 1m36.756s    VET 1m35.118s
Second    RIC 1m35.511s    HUL 1m37.351s    ROS 1m37.112s
Third    RAI 1m35.990s    MAG 1m38.036s    BUT 1m37.177s




Longest stint of the race:


Hard    Massa, Kvyat    29 laps
Medium    Nasr, Magnussen    27
Soft    Vettel    19




Truthometer:
On Saturday a three-stop strategy looked to be theoretically fastest. Instead, Nico Rosberg used two stops to win the grand prix, starting on the used softs, stopping after 12 laps for hards and after 29 laps for hards again.

   

Anthony Peacock  - photo Pirelli

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