17
April
2016
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11:29
Europe/Amsterdam

2016 China Grand Prix – Race

MOST DRIVERS OPT FOR THREE STOPS BUT A TWO-STOPPER ALLOWS ROSBERG’S WINNING STREAK TO CONTINUE

WIDE VARIETY OF DIFFERENT STRATEGIES AND TYRE TACTICS ON ONE OF THE MOST CHALLENGING TRACKS OF THE YEAR

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg claimed victory from pole using a two-stop strategy in China: one of the most action-packed and challenging races of the year. The majority of drivers used a three-stop strategy: however there were a number of different variations on this theme. Rosberg used a two-stop soft-soft-medium strategy to win: the same as Felipe Massa, who finished sixth for Williams. A very different strategy was used by Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, who climbed to seventh place behind Massa after starting from the back as a result of a technical problem in qualifying, despite making five pit stops. In total, 13 drivers used all three compounds available, in a strong demonstration of how the latest regulations have shaken up the range of tactics that are possible during a grand prix. Paul Hembery: Pirelli motorsport director: “Most teams came into the Chinese Grand Prix, which we were delighted to sponsor this year, with not as much dry running as they would like. As a result, their strategy forecasts were made even harder, but Rosberg and Mercedes made exactly the right calls after starting on the soft tyre: which just goes to show how strategy really starts from before qualifying. Shanghai is one of the most demanding circuits of the year, yet Rosberg’s win was achieved with just two pit stops. Behind the winner a wide variety of different approaches were used, underlining how teams are using the 2016 three-compound choice to great effect”.

  Medium Soft Supersoft
First ROS 1m40.418s VES 1m40.399s HUL 1m39.824s
Second HAM 1m40.662s ROS 1m40.580s GRO 1m39.923s
Third RIC  1m41.015s NAS 1m40.582s BUT 1m40.298s

Longest stint of the race:

Medium Perez 28 (laps)
Soft Vettel 21
Supersoft Vettel 13

Truthometer: We predicted a three-stop strategy as being fastest, starting on supersoft and then switching to soft on laps 11, 26 and 41. Rosberg however started on the soft, so we thought that for him a three-stopper changing to soft on laps 16 and 31, then supersoft from lap 46,could be interesting. In the end he stopped twice, for the soft on lap 16 and medium on lap 39. For more information: please visit our all-new website, which is regularly updated with exclusive in-depth features, news and reviews. To find out more, please visit: http://www.pirelli.com/global/en-ww/shanghai-2016-race