2012 United States Grand Prix
Almost every driver pitted just once in the United States Grand Prix but Mercedes leant towards a two-stopper which cost them dearly.
United States Grand Prix tyre strategies
The tyre strategies for each driver:
|Stint 1||Stint 2||Stint 3|
|Sebastian Vettel||Medium (21)||Hard (35)|
|Lewis Hamilton||Medium (20)||Hard (36)|
|Mark Webber||Medium (16)|
|Kimi Raikkonen||Medium (24)||Hard (32)|
|Michael Schumacher||Medium (14)||Hard (25)||Hard (16)|
|Nico Hulkenberg||Medium (17)||Hard (39)|
|Fernando Alonso||Medium (20)||Hard (36)|
|Romain Grosjean||Medium (9)||Hard (47)|
|Pastor Maldonado||Medium (21)||Hard (35)|
|Bruno Senna||Medium (20)||Hard (36)|
|Felipe Massa||Medium (26)||Hard (30)|
|Jenson Button||Hard (35)||Medium (21)|
|Paul di Resta||Medium (21)||Hard (9)||Hard (25)|
|Jean-Eric Vergne||Medium (14)|
|Sergio Perez||Medium (22)||Hard (34)|
|Kamui Kobayashi||Medium (13)||Hard (42)|
|Nico Rosberg||Hard (34)||Medium (22)|
|Daniel Ricciardo||Medium (30)||Hard (26)|
|Timo Glock||Medium (21)||Hard (34)|
|Charles Pic||Medium (26)||Hard (28)|
|Vitaly Petrov||Medium (23)||Hard (32)|
|Heikki Kovalainen||Medium (21)||Hard (34)|
|Pedro de la Rosa||Medium (24)||Hard (30)|
|Narain Karthikeyan||Medium (25)||Hard (29)|
The vast majority chose to start on the medium tyres. A notable exception was Jenson Button, who ran long on a set of hard tyres to rise from12th on the grid to finish fifth.
Romain Grosjean ended up on a different strategy after spinning early on. Having pitted on lap nine he ran on his subsequent set of tyres for 47 laps to recover seventh place.
Michael Schumacher had to make two pit stops after struggling for grip in his first stint. “I couldn’t get any grip from my first set of tyres, and there must have been some kind of damage for them to perform so badly.
“We had to change our strategy to two stops which then compromised our race even further.” Mercedes seemed to think more drivers would stop twice, telling Nico Rosberg this was the case during the race.
United States Grand Prix pit stop times
How long each driver’s pit stops took:
|Driver||Team||Pit stop time||Gap||On lap|
|2||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull||20.904||0.090||21|
|9||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India||22.099||1.285||17|
|14||Paul di Resta||Force India||22.444||1.630||30|
|15||Paul di Resta||Force India||22.498||1.684||21|
|16||Daniel Ricciardo||Toro Rosso||22.651||1.837||30|
|23||Pedro de la Rosa||HRT||24.798||3.984||24|
McLaren achieved the fastest pit stop for the eighth time this year, although Red Bull almost matched them with Sebastian Vettel’s pit stop.
Fernando Alonso suffered a slow stop for Ferrari but fortunately for him Kimi Raikkonen’s pit stop was even slower – indeed, it was the worst of the race. He lost track position to Felipe Massa because of it, as Massa’s stop was 3.3 seconds faster.
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