Pirelli F1 Chinese Grand-Prix race review

Pirelli F1 Chinese Grand-Prix race review

15.04.2018: Daniel Ricciardo wins for Red Bull with a two stop strategy after making his second stop under the safety car - A wide variety of tyre strategies in play throughout the field with all three compounds used by many drivers

Daniel Ricciardo wins for Red Bull with a two stop strategy after making his second stop under the safety car



- A wide variety of tyre strategies in play throughout the field with all three compounds used by many drivers


- A long safety car period, together with track temperatures 20 degrees warmer than previous days, influence race strategy



Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo wo n the Chinese Grand Prix  from  six th  on  the  grid,  having  started  on  the  ultrasoft  tyre  and  making  two  pit  stops.



His  second  stop was  made  under  a  safety  car,  enabling  him  to  re - start  with  new  soft tyres  and  gain an advantage  over those  one - stopping  on  a  different  strategy.  His  Red Bull team mate Max Verstappen adopted a similar strategy, with both cars double-stacking in the pits.



Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas in second adopted a completely different strategy, similar to  his team  mate  Lewis  Hamilton  and  both  Ferrari  drivers:  start ing  on  the  soft  and  making  just  one  stop to  medium . 



Despite  this  wide  range  of  tactics with  many  drivers  using  all  three  compounds ,  there  was  a very tight  battle  between  the   frontrunners – where managing the tyres was paramount  – all the way to the finish.




MARIO ISOLA-HEAD OF CAR RACING



“After  Bahrain, we  enjoyed  another race where  some  different thinking  on  tyre  strategy among  the  leading  competitors  led  to  a  very  exciting  conclusion,  with many  different tactics in play.


Track temperatures today were around 20 degrees higher than they had been  over  the  previous  couple  of  days,  which  meant  that  the  teams  were  facing  a  few unknown factors  heading  into  the  race,  not  having  run  in  these  temperatures  here before.


Another factor that influenced tyre strategy and ultimately the race victory was a  lengthy  safety  car  period,  allowing  both Red  Bulls  to  change  tyres at  an  advantageous moment ,  while  reducing  wear  and  degradation  for  everyone  else  who  stayed  out.



In  total, six drivers, including the race winner, used all three compounds.

 

 

 

- Anthony Peacock,  photo Pirelli

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