2013 Monaco Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

2013 Monaco Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Monte-Carlo, 2013Red Bull were the fastest team in the pits for the fourth time this year.

However that only played a small role in both their drivers getting ahead of Lewis Hamilton during their only pit stop of the race. Hamilton backed off too much on his way to the pits behind the safety car, which cost him the chance of holding onto second place.

Lotus made a timely improvement in their pit stops, setting the third quickest time for Kimi Raikkonen. That allowed him to stay ahead of Fernando Alonso, who came close to taking Raikkonen’s position.

Unfortunately for Raikkonen it proved academic as he picked up a puncture in a collision with Sergio Perez later in the race and had to make a late return to the pits which dropped him behind Alonso.

Every driver took advantage of the opportunity to change their tyres during the suspension of the race. There is no rule forbidding this as race suspensions can occur due to severe weather such as heavy rain, when drivers need to be allowed to change.

Monaco Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3 Stint 4 Stint 5
Nico Rosberg Super soft (31) Soft (16) Super soft (31)
Sebastian Vettel Super soft (30) Soft (17) Super soft (31)
Mark Webber Super soft (25) Soft (22) Super soft (31)
Lewis Hamilton Super soft (31) Soft (16) Super soft (31)
Adrian Sutil Super soft (30) Soft (17) Super soft (31)
Jenson Button Super soft (26) Soft (21) Super soft (31)
Fernando Alonso Super soft (28) Soft (19) Super soft (31)
Jean-Eric Vergne Super soft (29) Soft (18) Super soft (31)
Paul di Resta Super soft (9) Soft (38) Super soft (31)
Kimi Raikkonen Super soft (26) Soft (21) Soft (23) Super soft (8)
Nico Hulkenberg Super soft (27) Soft (20) Soft (31)
Valtteri Bottas Super soft (30) Soft (17) Super soft (31)
Esteban Gutierrez Soft (28) Super soft (19) Super soft (16) Super soft (15)
Max Chilton Super soft (23) Soft (24) Soft (16) Super soft (15)
Giedo van der Garde Super soft (1) Super soft (23) Soft (11) Soft (12) Soft (31)
Sergio Perez Super soft (29) Soft (18) Super soft (25)
Romain Grosjean Soft (30) Super soft (17) Super soft (15) Super soft (1)
Daniel Ricciardo Soft (22) Super soft (25) Super soft (14)
Jules Bianchi Super soft (22) Soft (13) Soft (23)
Pastor Maldonado Super soft (1) Super soft (29) Soft (14)
Felipe Massa Soft (26) Super soft (2)
Charles Pic Super soft (7)

Monaco 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 24.316 25
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 24.375 0.059 30
5 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 24.420 0.104 26
7 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 24.489 0.173 28
9 Romain Grosjean Lotus 24.565 0.249 30
11 Jenson Button McLaren 24.585 0.269 26
13 Sergio Perez McLaren 24.672 0.356 29
15 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 24.801 0.485 31
17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 24.827 0.511 29
19 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber 24.974 0.658 27
21 Jules Bianchi Marussia 25.098 0.782 22
22 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 25.125 0.809 70
23 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 25.200 0.884 31
25 Jules Bianchi Marussia 25.215 0.899 35
26 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 25.225 0.909 22
28 Adrian Sutil Force India 25.274 0.958 30
30 Felipe Massa Ferrari 25.331 1.015 26
31 Max Chilton Marussia 25.337 1.021 23
33 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 25.364 1.048 28
35 Paul di Resta Force India 25.643 1.327 9
37 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 25.676 1.360 24
38 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 25.862 1.546 35
40 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 25.926 1.610 63
41 Pastor Maldonado Williams 26.146 1.830 30
42 Max Chilton Marussia 26.198 1.882 63
43 Valtteri Bottas Williams 29.063 4.747 30
45 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 35.100 10.784 1
46 Romain Grosjean Lotus 39.980 15.664 62
47 Pastor Maldonado Williams 40.507 16.191 1

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12 comments on 2013 Monaco Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

  1. tmax (@tmax) said on 26th May 2013, 22:23

    Unfortunately Nicole rosberg was robbed of the fastest lap in the race and hence he missed out on the Grand Chelm. That would have been an incredible feat for him.

    • bullfighter said on 26th May 2013, 23:54

      If not for the finger, the fastest lap would have been Kimi’s, not Nico’s. But I agree, it would have sealed a perfect weekend.

    • Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 27th May 2013, 1:24

      Why robbed? Rosberg could have done the same as Vettel and do a fast lap at the end…

      • tmax (@tmax) said on 27th May 2013, 2:31

        It seems one needs a nerve for steel and the intense competitive thirst to set the fastest lap of the race in the last lap in monaco when you know that you are winning.

        BTW vettel set the fastest lap in the penultimate lap. The pit radioed him to slow down and not to go for it again as he has enough points in championship. But then vet tel being vet tel did it again in the last lap.

        • Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 27th May 2013, 15:19

          No, he only did it in the penultimate lap – Vettel’s last lap was a lot slower. I am pretty sure Roquelin saw that Vettel was letting himself fall back in the third lap from the end to create some space and knew what Vettel was going to do in the penultimate lap.

          The radio calls are always delayed, so they played it when he was doing his fastest lap.

          @tmax

  2. Martin (@aardvark) said on 26th May 2013, 22:30

    Keith, could you do a post on Safety Car strategy? From the live commentary a lot of people were confused about what was happening. I know I was. I still can’t understand how Hamilton went from P2 to P4 but others were unaffected.

    • Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 27th May 2013, 0:40

      HAM screwed up. Basically, once the SC comes out, you are supposed to drive slower but keep the gap to the car in front the same (I don’t know the precise rule, but this is it basically for the first lap of the SC at least). Hamilton dropped back, presumably to make smooth double stop for Mercedes, but he overdid it, and fell too far behind.

      • tmax (@tmax) said on 27th May 2013, 2:26

        Some (NBC commentary team) say it was the payback to Rosberg for Malaysia. Though I did not quite understand how that helped. It seems his slowing down helped Nico make a clean pit and exit before vettel and Webber could overtake him.

        It seems he was supposed to leave a cushion of 6 seconds but he gave a 10 seconds cushion which screwed his position.

      • DaveW (@dmw) said on 27th May 2013, 2:49

        He pulled into the box a few seconds at most after Rosberg but Vettel and Webber were long gone by the time he came out. So I’m not sure what he could have done. In fact, if the SC didn’t hold up the RBRs until Mirabeau then both MBs would have been jumped. It seemed to me that MB passed the pit entrance at least once after Massa hit the wall and I was really baffled that they didn’t pit, even if it meant stacking, given that several other cars had started to pit already. They really got lucky to win with that gaffe.

        • Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 27th May 2013, 15:55

          Yes, it’s true, I was really surprised that Rosberg stayed in front. As to Hamilton – I think by staying closer to Rosberg, he would have come out close to Webber, but probably not much he could do about Vettel.

          I timed it just – I think Hamilton lost around 6 seconds by not being directly behind Rosberg, and he came out maybe 5 to 7 seconds behind Webber – this is hard to time though because of the strange pit exit.

  3. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 27th May 2013, 7:05

    There are two things I don’t understand:

    1) Why Mercedes waited a lap to stop; and
    2) Why they didn’t just do a “traditional” stacked pit stop with Lewis and Nico (i.e. bring them in at the same time and have Hamilton queue behind)? It seems to me that if they did Hamilton would have got out ahead of the Red bulls. Is it because the Monaco pit lane isn’t big enough to stack the cars?

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