2013 Bahrain Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

2013 Bahrain Grand Prix

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Bahrain International Circuit, 2013Red Bull were the fastest team in the pits for the third race in a row.

Their lap 37 pit stop for Mark Webber was the quickest of the race, seven-tenths of a second faster than last year’s best.

Unusually the spread of strategies for drivers whose races were not disrupted by incidents included two, three and four stops.

This was after Pirelli revised the original tyre allocation, replacing the soft tyre with the medium, without which the pit lane would likely have been even busier.

Bahrain Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3 Stint 4 Stint 5 Stint 6
Sebastian Vettel Medium (10) Hard (15) Hard (17) Hard (15)
Kimi Raikkonen Medium (16) Hard (18) Hard (23)
Romain Grosjean Hard (8) Hard (19) Medium (15) Medium (15)
Paul di Resta Medium (14) Hard (22) Hard (21)
Lewis Hamilton Medium (10) Medium (12) Hard (16) Hard (19)
Sergio Perez Medium (10) Hard (10) Hard (19) Hard (18)
Mark Webber Medium (8) Hard (13) Hard (16) Hard (20)
Fernando Alonso Medium (7) Hard (1) Hard (16) Hard (15) Hard (18)
Nico Rosberg Medium (9) Hard (11) Hard (13) Medium (11) Medium (13)
Jenson Button Medium (9) Hard (12) Hard (13) Hard (12) Medium (11)
Pastor Maldonado Medium (10) Hard (13) Hard (16) Hard (18)
Nico Hulkenberg Hard (12) Hard (14) Medium (15) Medium (16)
Adrian Sutil Medium (1) Hard (17) Hard (24) Medium (15)
Valtteri Bottas Hard (13) Hard (16) Hard (18) Medium (10)
Felipe Massa Hard (10) Hard (7) Medium (11) Hard (8) Medium (21)
Daniel Ricciardo Medium (9) Hard (16) Hard (16) Hard (15)
Charles Pic Medium (11) Hard (12) Hard (12) Hard (21)
Esteban Gutierrez Hard (1) Hard (15) Hard (17) Medium (10) Medium (13)
Jules Bianchi Medium (9) Hard (13) Hard (14) Hard (12) Medium (8)
Max Chilton Medium (10) Hard (13) Hard (14) Hard (9) Medium (10)
Giedo van der Garde Medium (2) Hard (12) Medium (10) Hard (15) Medium (8) Hard (8)
Jean-Eric Vergne Hard (2) Hard (14)

Bahrain Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

Driver Team Pit stop time Gap On lap
1 Mark Webber Red Bull 21.031 37
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 21.123 0.092 24
3 Sergio Perez McLaren 21.161 0.130 20
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 21.183 0.152 33
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 21.189 0.158 39
6 Mark Webber Red Bull 21.221 0.190 21
7 Jenson Button McLaren 21.230 0.199 46
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 21.267 0.236 44
9 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 21.290 0.259 25
10 Sergio Perez McLaren 21.319 0.288 39
11 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 21.331 0.300 20
12 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 21.436 0.405 8
13 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 21.444 0.413 22
14 Sergio Perez McLaren 21.471 0.440 10
15 Romain Grosjean Lotus 21.556 0.525 42
16 Felipe Massa Ferrari 21.569 0.538 28
17 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 21.600 0.569 38
18 Romain Grosjean Lotus 21.608 0.577 27
19 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber 21.656 0.625 12
20 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 21.660 0.629 10
21 Felipe Massa Ferrari 21.665 0.634 10
22 Jenson Button McLaren 21.696 0.665 34
23 Felipe Massa Ferrari 21.722 0.691 17
24 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 21.723 0.692 34
25 Mark Webber Red Bull 21.798 0.767 8
26 Jenson Button McLaren 21.894 0.863 21
27 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 21.906 0.875 42
28 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 21.997 0.966 16
29 Paul di Resta Force India 22.009 0.978 14
30 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 22.028 0.997 25
31 Pastor Maldonado Williams 22.066 1.035 39
32 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 22.072 1.041 10
33 Adrian Sutil Force India 22.199 1.168 18
34 Pastor Maldonado Williams 22.220 1.189 23
35 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 22.237 1.206 9
36 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 22.246 1.215 43
37 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 22.252 1.221 24
38 Adrian Sutil Force India 22.346 1.315 42
39 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 22.380 1.349 39
40 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber 22.400 1.369 26
41 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 22.438 1.407 33
42 Paul di Resta Force India 22.475 1.444 36
43 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 22.529 1.498 9
44 Max Chilton Marussia 22.552 1.521 46
45 Charles Pic Caterham 22.576 1.545 23
46 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 22.623 1.592 41
47 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 22.715 1.684 16
48 Valtteri Bottas Williams 22.729 1.698 13
49 Max Chilton Marussia 22.745 1.714 10
50 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber 22.814 1.783 41
51 Jules Bianchi Marussia 22.817 1.786 36
52 Charles Pic Caterham 22.912 1.881 11
53 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 22.950 1.919 14
54 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 23.055 2.024 7
55 Jenson Button McLaren 23.093 2.062 9
56 Pastor Maldonado Williams 23.173 2.142 10
57 Charles Pic Caterham 23.263 2.232 35
58 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 23.375 2.344 47
59 Jules Bianchi Marussia 23.455 2.424 22
60 Jules Bianchi Marussia 23.803 2.772 48
61 Valtteri Bottas Williams 23.837 2.806 47
62 Max Chilton Marussia 24.141 3.110 23
63 Jules Bianchi Marussia 24.325 3.294 9
64 Romain Grosjean Lotus 24.605 3.574 8
65 Max Chilton Marussia 26.004 4.973 37
66 Adrian Sutil Force India 26.495 5.464 1
67 Felipe Massa Ferrari 27.757 6.726 36
68 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 28.102 7.071 1
69 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 28.344 7.313 2
70 Valtteri Bottas Williams 28.408 7.377 29
71 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 41.485 20.454 2

NB. Alonso’s lap eight pit stop did not involve changing tyres.

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19 comments on 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

  1. Candice said on 22nd April 2013, 15:42

    Lotus’ pit stop were plain miserable among the front runners.

    • Yep. Goes to show how awesome the rest of the team are.

    • Lari (@lari) said on 23rd April 2013, 6:30

      @Candice Yes, Lotus just keeps being bad at pitstops, if I don’t remember too wrong they’ve been average of the bottom 4 teams in terms of pitstop speeds all this year. Lets say they lose an average of 1 second per pitstop to fastest teams and lets say they make 3 stops, it’s 3 seconds given to the competitions just with pitstops. Now *if* you can catch your competition at the pace of, lets say 0.2sec per lap, it takes 15 laps to just get that lost time from pitstop back. Are the Lotus pitcrew even lifting?

  2. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 22nd April 2013, 15:47

    I like that there’s a wide variety in strategy calls (I.e. 2, 3, & 4 stops), but I still feel that 4 stops is just too much.

    If they make the soft and/or super-soft compounds more durable, then I think we’d see 1,2 & 3 stoppers, which is better, and slightly easier to follow as a viewer.

  3. Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 22nd April 2013, 17:41

    VDG used all his tyres in the race probably…

  4. sato113 (@sato113) said on 22nd April 2013, 18:14

    Alonso didnt change his tyres at his 2nd stop, to anyone wondering why it looks like he used 4 sets of hards.

  5. Traverse (@) said on 22nd April 2013, 18:38

    Surely the Bahrain tyre strategy for all the teams was to cross their fingers, and hope to god that these papier-mache tyres don’t disintegrate, blow-up and send the drivers careering into the spectators!

  6. 3 stops is too much on the hardest tyres in the range – that needs to get sorted! Also, am I right in saying on those 3 occasions it was Webber’s stop that was fastest @keithcollantine? As in Webber had the fastest stop of the race in the last three races?

  7. Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 22nd April 2013, 21:15

    We can be pretty happy that we did not have the soft tyres here. The medium lasted only mostly 9 to 15 laps (MAS managed 21 though), compared to China where they lasted mostly 13-20 laps – so around 25% less.

    In China, the soft lasted mostly 4 to 7 laps – imagine how fast it would have disintegrated in Bahrain!

  8. Why did Mercedes run their second stints on the option ?
    No other team did this, and it surely cost them lap time.

  9. HoHum (@hohum) said on 23rd April 2013, 17:35

    Webbers last stint showed that 20 laps was at least 1 to many.

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