2012 Monaco Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

2012 Monaco Grand Prix

Mercedes did the fastest pit stop of the day in Monaco while trying to get Nico Rosberg into the lead. Here’s all the data.

Monaco Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3
Mark Webber Super soft (29) Soft (49)
Nico Rosberg Super soft (27) Soft (51)
Lewis Hamilton Super soft (29) Soft (49)
Romain Grosjean Super soft
Fernando Alonso Super soft (30) Soft (48)
Michael Schumacher Super soft (34) Soft (29)
Felipe Massa Super soft (31) Soft (47)
Kimi Raikkonen Super soft (29) Soft (49)
Sebastian Vettel Soft (46) Super soft (32)
Nico Hulkenberg Super soft (29) Soft (49)
Kamui Kobayashi Super soft (1) Soft (4)
Jenson Button Soft (38) Super soft (32)
Bruno Senna Super soft (29) Soft (49)
Paul di Resta Soft (35) Super soft (43)
Daniel Ricciardo Super soft (40) Soft (25)
Jean-Eric Vergne Super soft (17) Soft (53) Intermediate (7)
Heikki Kovalainen Super soft (30) Soft (43) Super soft (4)
Vitaly Petrov Soft (3) Soft (12)
Timo Glock Super soft (30) Soft (24) Soft (23)
Pedro de la Rosa Soft
Charles Pic Super soft (33) Soft (31)
Narain Karthikeyan Super soft (29) Super soft (45) Soft (2)
Sergio Perez Super soft (34) Soft (43)
Pastor Maldonado Super soft

Vettel’s strategy was counter to that used by most of the front runners, beginning with a long stint on the soft tyres.

Early in his stint on soft tyres Hamilton expressed concern at how long he had to make them last. When told Vettel had run for 45 laps on his Hamilton replied, “he had a little more grip than me, guys.”

Monaco Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

Driver Team Pit stop time Gap On lap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 24.874 27
2 Felipe Massa Ferrari 24.993 0.119 31
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 25.079 0.205 46
4 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 25.117 0.243 34
5 Jenson Button McLaren 25.219 0.345 38
6 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 25.220 0.346 30
7 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 25.335 0.461 40
8 Mark Webber Red Bull 25.566 0.692 29
9 Timo Glock Marussia 25.567 0.693 30
10 Paul di Resta Force India 25.642 0.768 35
11 Sergio Perez Sauber 25.666 0.792 34
12 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 25.748 0.874 29
13 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 26.063 1.189 17
14 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham 26.066 1.192 30
15 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 26.157 1.283 70
16 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 26.380 1.506 29
17 Bruno Senna Williams 26.410 1.536 29
18 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 26.447 1.573 29
19 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 26.973 2.099 74
20 Charles Pic Marussia 27.186 2.312 33
21 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 27.306 2.432 29
22 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 28.390 3.516 1
23 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham 31.293 6.419 73
24 Timo Glock Marussia 36.503 11.629 54
25 Vitaly Petrov Caterham 39.391 14.517 3

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Monaco, 2012When Mercedes brought Nico Rosberg in after 27 laps, trying to wrest the lead from Mark Webber, they turned around the quickest pit stop of the day.

But despite their best efforts Rosberg had to settle for second.

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17 comments on 2012 Monaco Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

  1. Solo (@solo) said on 27th May 2012, 22:27

    Another race and another mess by Mclaren.
    Hamilton after a clutch setting change in the formation lap – “I took the team’s advice — I have to rely on them — and let the clutch out and it just didn’t go. There was no torque, no drive. I said to them afterwards ‘we can’t have everyone else making great starts and us not’. I was lucky not to lose third.”

    Hamilton on Vettel getting ahead and his message to the team about no being informed – “I was conserving my tyres,” Hamilton explained. “I could easily have pushed.”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/motorsport/formulaone/9293321/Monaco-Grand-Prix-2012-Lewis-Hamilton-left-to-rue-McLaren-errors-as-Mark-Webber-wins-from-pole.html

    It’s getting ridiculous really. Not to mention they failed to manage to get Button ahead of Kovalanien after the pits.

    • DaveW (@dmw) said on 28th May 2012, 0:00

      You failed to mention the loss of time to Alonso in the pits. .5s matters now and for mclaren it might as well be a day. Its out of reach under their current methods.

      • Solo (@solo) said on 28th May 2012, 0:23

        Yeah i don’t count that. Alonso would have jumped him even if they made the same pit stop time. Ferrari had more tyre than everybody in-frond and could have made comfortably fast laps. New tyres needed quite a few laps to get temperature too because of how kindly Monaco treats them.

  2. Enigma (@enigma) said on 27th May 2012, 23:32

    Only 25 pit stops! That’s been a rarity of late…

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 28th May 2012, 2:06

      Just 25 to many in my opinion.

      • Cornflakes (@cornflakes) said on 28th May 2012, 19:36

        @HoHum – I thought the Monaco GP was a good example of why people should cut the tyres some slack. Reminds us a little of what processional racing is like and why the new way of doing things is great.

        • OOliver said on 28th May 2012, 20:22

          Monaco has a very low average speed. You can’t overtake. Take Kimi for example, his tyres were completely gone but he could still manage to hold other drivers behind him for several laps.
          In monaco, given the option, drivers will not change tyres.

          • Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 28th May 2012, 23:38

            Just like Bridgestone. Drivers would never change the tyres if they were given the option too. Hamilton and Webber did in Australia, and they couldn’t get passed Alonso who was on tyres some 30 laps older. The Monaco GP was a perfect example of why people should cut the tyres bashing. With 2010 regulations, nearly every dry race would be like Monaco, with drivers driving on the edge, but as boring as watching paint dry.

        • HoHum (@hohum) said on 29th May 2012, 5:19

          Hi @cornflakes, I see it differently, I understand what you mean but I think you are misunderstanding what is happening, the cars are very even in performance this year and while it is difficult to pass at Monaco it has been done before if the drivers did not have to nurse their tyres they could have run much closer and tried to force the car in front into error, this was the traditional method of passing on tight tracks in the days when tyres lasted from start to finish.
          My comment, was flippant but has a basis in past eras of F1.

  3. Kimi4WC said on 28th May 2012, 0:13

    Another strategy blunder by Lotus, whats new….

    • Bullfrog (@bullfrog) said on 28th May 2012, 17:54

      Yeah, looked like a hopeless “ooh-it-might-rain” strategy, leaving him out there on knackered tyres – I was surprised to see it was still way before the leaders came in.

      He looked like James Hunt…in 1979!

  4. Jay Menon (@jaymenon10) said on 28th May 2012, 3:02

    Fernando could have pipped Mark and Nico if he’d stayed out a few more laps..I was surprised they brought him when he was posting healthy 1:19′s on the Super Softs while Nico had already shown that he was struggling with the softs out of the box.

    Like he said in the Press Conference…it was too hard to predict.

  5. Ean (@ean) said on 28th May 2012, 6:21

    Blaming your team sounds lame Why are the other drivers not doing the same

    • nmsi (@nmsi) said on 28th May 2012, 10:10

      Maybe because other teams are not screwing races up? Not telling to push for one lap when Vettel pitted and losing place beacuse of that sounds like a fair reason to me. He should congratulate team for NOT screwing any pitstops up today – 3 last GP’s there has been blunder with Button or Hami.

      • sumedh said on 28th May 2012, 13:56

        To be fair to Hamilton, it is Hamilton fans who are criticizing Mclaren, not Hamilton.

        And drivers do not blame their team, because F1 is a team sport. You win together, lose together.

  6. Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 28th May 2012, 19:09

    Knowing how long the tyres lasted, and how long it took to get heat into a new set; Mercedes should’ve waited to pit Nico after Webber if they wanted to jump him.

  7. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 28th May 2012, 23:49

    Pretty strange this race really. Weird seeing Vettel go to 46 laps on a set of tyres but really impressive as well. Plus, being able to set faster times while doing so. It was a great display of the sort of winning characteristics he displayed last year, just not in the right place.

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