2012 Italian Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

2012 Italian Grand Prix

For the fifth time in six races, McLaren were the quickest team in the pits.

Italian Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3
Lewis Hamilton Medium (23) Hard (30)
Jenson Button Medium (22) Hard (10)
Felipe Massa Medium (19) Hard (34)
Michael Schumacher Medium (15) Hard (22) Hard (16)
Sebastian Vettel Medium (20) Hard (27)
Nico Rosberg Medium (14) Hard (24) Hard (15)
Kimi Raikkonen Medium (17) Hard (36)
Kamui Kobayashi Medium (20) Hard (33)
Paul di Resta Medium (21) Hard (32)
Fernando Alonso Medium (20) Hard (33)
Mark Webber Medium (21) Hard (30)
Sergio Perez Hard (29) Medium (24)
Bruno Senna Medium (24) Hard (29)
Daniel Ricciardo Medium (24) Hard (29)
Jerome d’Ambrosio Hard (27) Medium (26)
Jean-Eric Vergne Medium (8)
Heikki Kovalainen Medium (17) Hard (22) Medium (13)
Vitaly Petrov Medium (19) Hard (21) Medium (12)
Timo Glock Medium (7) Hard (25) Hard (20)
Charles Pic Medium (18) Hard (17) Hard (17)
Narain Karthikeyan Medium (23) Hard (29)
Pastor Maldonado Hard (13) Medium (22) Medium (18)
Pedro de la Rosa Medium (22) Hard (30)
Nico Hulkenberg Hard (27) Medium (23)

One-stop strategies were the order of the day for most teams. Mercedes ran two-stop strategies for both their drivers, who were the quickest cars on the track at the end of the race.

Only two other drivers mimicked Sergio Perez’s successful strategy of starting on the hard tyres and making a single stop for mediums.

Nico Hulkenberg did and ran as high as eighth at one stage. He was in contention for a point but retired when his brake pedal went long.

The other driver to do so was Lotus substitute Jerome D’Ambrosio, who was the last of the midfielders.

Italian Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

Driver Team Pit stop time Gap On lap
1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 20.736 23
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 21.515 0.779 20
3 Mark Webber Red Bull 21.556 0.820 21
4 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 21.720 0.984 24
5 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 21.730 0.994 17
6 Pastor Maldonado Williams 21.814 1.078 35
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 21.854 1.118 38
8 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham 21.910 1.174 39
9 Jerome d’Ambrosio Lotus 21.962 1.226 27
10 Charles Pic Marussia 22.046 1.310 35
11 Felipe Massa Ferrari 22.161 1.425 19
12 Vitaly Petrov Caterham 22.182 1.446 19
13 Paul di Resta Force India 22.190 1.454 21
14 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 22.247 1.511 15
15 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 22.303 1.567 20
16 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 22.310 1.574 37
17 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 22.346 1.610 14
18 Sergio Perez Sauber 22.472 1.736 29
19 Timo Glock Marussia 22.581 1.845 32
20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham 22.737 2.001 17
21 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 22.746 2.010 27
22 Vitaly Petrov Caterham 22.811 2.075 40
23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 22.874 2.138 20
24 Pastor Maldonado Williams 22.970 2.234 13
25 Bruno Senna Williams 22.985 2.249 24
26 Jenson Button McLaren 23.375 2.639 22
27 Pedro de la Rosa HRT 23.488 2.752 22
28 Charles Pic Marussia 24.039 3.303 18
29 Timo Glock Marussia 28.747 8.011 7
30 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 31.745 11.009 23

Although Lewis Hamilton’s pit stop was the quickest of the weekend, Jenson Button’s did not go anything like as well. A problem at the front-right kept him in the pits for 2.6s more than his team mate.

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6 comments on 2012 Italian Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

  1. sato113 (@sato113) said on 10th September 2012, 0:59

    Mclaren’s first half of 2012 included some awful pitstops. recently they have consistently been sub 3 seconds.
    I wonder in hindsight whether it would have been better if all their stops were 4 seconds exactly. maybe they’d have more points right now…

  2. paddy (@paddy) said on 10th September 2012, 8:37

    If perez had gotten into Q3 in qualifying then he WOULD`NT have finished second !!

  3. Bullfrog (@bullfrog) said on 10th September 2012, 13:36

    With lots of hindsight, I wonder if Ferrari considered sending Alonso out on hard tyres in Q3, once they knew he had the roll-bar problem? Plenty of reasons not to (tyre wear, getting stuck in traffic early on etc) but he might have done better on the same strategy as Perez.

    Not sending him out at all (to give him a choice of tyres at the start) was never an option – not on Saturday at Monza…

  4. When Mc Laren has a problem, they don’t half try to solve it !

  5. James (@jamesf1) said on 10th September 2012, 21:09

    A shame that the FIA dont publish the stationairy times of the pit stops, although I guess that is then opened to debate. An FOM graphic claimed that a stop was 2.6 in Silverstone, Sam Michael of Mclaren reckoned the boys got it done in 2.1 seconds (is that even possible!? o.O)

    • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 11th September 2012, 13:50

      @jamesf1 I guess so. The only way FOM can measure it is by how long the car is stationary. If you allow for a few tenths for the pit guys to react to Hamilton being parked and a tenth or two for him to react to the lollipop man it is perfectly feasible.

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