2013 British Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

2013 British Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Silverstone, 2013Tyres were of course the main talking point of the British Grand Prix – not so much in terms of strategy but because they kept failing disintegrating.

Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa, Jean-Eric Vergne and Sergio Perez all suffered major failures during the race. And some other drivers had lucky escapes.

One of them was Fernando Alonso: “In the first stop, lap nine, I had a tyre problem also,” he said. “My tyre was finished and disintegrate in the last corner.”

“For me it was the right rear that I think was new compared to all the other failures and if this happened like Felipe ?ǣ that I think was in turn five when it happened ?ǣ then I lose the race. For me it happened in the last corner and I pit.”

Race winner Nico Rosberg also had a lucky escape. He had just radioed his team to tell them he was worried about his left-rear tyre which was “getting worse” when Sebastian Vettel stopped on the pit straight with a gearbox failure. The Safety Car was deployed giving Rosberg the chance to make a ‘free’ pit stop and get rid of the damaged tyre.

The tyre failures occured on both compounds: Hamilton, Massa and Perez were using the medium tyres when they experienced their failures and Vergne was on the hards.

In the pits Vettel enjoyed the two quickest stops of the race. Red Bull’s best stop was four-tenths of a second quicker than last year’s best, set by McLaren.

Toro Rosso were the slowest team in the pits: Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne lost at least 2.2 seconds to the fastest stop on each visit. Ricciardo was also one of the drivers who missed the chance to put on fresh tyres when the Safety Car came out, along with a frustrated Kimi Raikkonen.

British Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3 Stint 4 Stint 5
Nico Rosberg Medium (12) Hard (22) Hard (8) Hard (10)
Mark Webber Medium (10) Hard (21) Medium (11) Medium (10)
Fernando Alonso Medium (10) Hard (20) Hard (11) Medium (11)
Lewis Hamilton Medium (8) Hard (28) Hard (16)
Kimi Raikkonen Medium (11) Hard (18) Hard (23)
Felipe Massa Medium (10) Hard (6) Hard (20) Hard (6) Medium (10)
Adrian Sutil Medium (12) Medium (21) Hard (19)
Daniel Ricciardo Medium (11) Hard (21) Hard (20)
Paul di Resta Medium (9) Medium (24) Hard (9)
Nico Hulkenberg Hard (12) Hard (13) Medium (12) Medium (15)
Pastor Maldonado Medium (15) Medium (22) Hard (15)
Valtteri Bottas Medium (15) Medium (23) Hard (14)
Jenson Button Hard (11) Medium (21) Medium (20)
Esteban Gutierrez Hard (10) Medium (17) Medium (2) Hard (11) Medium (12)
Charles Pic Hard (15) Hard (19) Medium (18)
Jules Bianchi Medium (11) Hard (22) Hard (19)
Max Chilton Medium (12) Hard (20) Hard (20)
Giedo van der Garde Hard (10) Hard (18) Medium (12) Medium (12)
Romain Grosjean Medium (9) Hard (21) Hard (12) Medium (9)
Sergio Perez Medium (13) Hard (20) Medium (13)
Sebastian Vettel Medium (13) Hard (22) Hard (6)
Jean-Eric Vergne Hard (14) Hard (11) Medium (10)

British Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

Driver Team Pit stop time Gap On lap
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 24.092 35
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 24.159 0.067 13
3 Jenson Button McLaren 24.357 0.265 32
4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 24.400 0.308 36
5 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 24.428 0.336 29
6 Mark Webber Red Bull 24.473 0.381 42
7 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 24.572 0.480 10
8 Sergio Perez McLaren 24.596 0.504 13
9 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 24.635 0.543 36
10 Felipe Massa Ferrari 24.680 0.588 16
11 Romain Grosjean Lotus 24.725 0.633 9
12 Jenson Button McLaren 24.745 0.653 11
13 Romain Grosjean Lotus 24.751 0.659 30
14 Mark Webber Red Bull 24.781 0.689 31
15 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 24.789 0.697 30
16 Adrian Sutil Force India 24.807 0.715 12
17 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber 24.863 0.771 37
18 Felipe Massa Ferrari 24.872 0.780 42
19 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 24.893 0.801 34
20 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 24.990 0.898 12
21 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 24.992 0.900 11
22 Paul di Resta Force India 25.004 0.912 9
23 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 25.018 0.926 41
24 Sergio Perez McLaren 25.028 0.936 33
25 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 25.087 0.995 40
26 Paul di Resta Force India 25.099 1.007 33
27 Adrian Sutil Force India 25.158 1.066 33
28 Pastor Maldonado Williams 25.244 1.152 15
29 Pastor Maldonado Williams 25.275 1.183 37
30 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 25.330 1.238 10
31 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 25.436 1.344 42
32 Max Chilton Marussia 25.701 1.609 32
33 Jules Bianchi Marussia 25.729 1.637 11
34 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 25.814 1.722 28
35 Romain Grosjean Lotus 25.911 1.819 42
36 Jules Bianchi Marussia 25.927 1.835 33
37 Max Chilton Marussia 26.031 1.939 12
38 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 26.040 1.948 27
39 Charles Pic Caterham 26.191 2.099 15
40 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 26.229 2.137 32
41 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber 26.256 2.164 25
42 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 26.317 2.225 25
43 Charles Pic Caterham 26.371 2.279 34
44 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 26.391 2.299 40
45 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 26.515 2.423 10
46 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 29.026 4.934 8
47 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 29.418 5.326 14
48 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 29.446 5.354 11
49 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber 29.684 5.592 12
50 Valtteri Bottas Williams 30.231 6.139 15
51 Mark Webber Red Bull 31.448 7.356 10
52 Valtteri Bottas Williams 31.851 7.759 38
53 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 31.937 7.845 29
54 Paul di Resta Force India 33.401 9.309 42
55 Felipe Massa Ferrari 35.210 11.118 10

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20 comments on 2013 British Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

  1. sato113 (@sato113) said on 30th June 2013, 20:40

    amazed hamilton managed 28 laps on hards in the middle stint (aided by a SC of course) especially after having that blowout.

    • liam (@) said on 30th June 2013, 21:00

      Hats of to the lads at Mercedes seeing Merc suffered from some of worst deg at the start of the season, now they have some of the best in a few races..All that overtime and hard work at the factory clearly paid off or maybe Paddy Lowe’s arrival has really paid off. Either way Ferrari and RBR now have a fight on their hands regarding the silver arrows.

    • Tariq Patel (@mdtariqp) said on 30th June 2013, 21:07

      Based on what Lewis achieved today, I now think Mercedes will be a real challenge in both the WDC and WCC

      • Michael (@freelittlebirds) said on 1st July 2013, 17:35

        Yes they seem to be a force to be reckoned with – let’s hope Hamilton can get some good luck. I kind of wonder if Shumi left at the wrong time….

      • Michael (@freelittlebirds) said on 1st July 2013, 17:37

        Boy, if ever a race needed 2 more laps, this was the one (barring extra tyre delaminations)! Webber would be duking it out for P1 with Rosberg and Hamilton for P3 with Alonso! Damn the stewards!!!

  2. Tariq Patel (@mdtariqp) said on 30th June 2013, 21:10

    Both of Vettel’s pit stops were not only the fastest, but within 6 hundreds of a second time difference.
    Amazing work from the Red Bull crew

    • ME4ME (@me4me) said on 30th June 2013, 23:03

      Indeed. Redbull was almost perfect this weekend. Felt bad for Vettel, this replicates Korea 2010. A fault not of his nor the teams fault. Also felt bad for Hamilton, but great to see he at least could make a come-back through the race.

  3. kbdavies (@kbdavies) said on 30th June 2013, 21:23

    I wonder why Merc didn’t pit Hamilton as well at the 2nd saftey car period? The top 3 cars had storming pace at the end because of this, and arguably led them to achieve their positions. On new tires, i believe Lewis would have had Nando and possibly Webber.

    • minnis (@minnis) said on 1st July 2013, 11:57

      Hamilton pitted 5 laps or so before the safety car, so he wouldn’t really have gained much. Plus the fact that Alonso actually lost three places by pitting (others probably did too, but I can’t remember) would mean that Hamilton would have had to gain more places with tyres that were not much newer. It wasnt really worth it.

  4. George (@george) said on 30th June 2013, 21:56

    I wonder how much further up Ricciardo might have finished if his team had been as good as Vettel’s? I guess we might find out next year…

  5. Elliot A said on 30th June 2013, 22:04

    Hamilton did two stops and still beat a Lotus? Even with Lewis on tyres 6 laps newer, that seems crazy on such a high deg track. I think in light of the other drama Mercedes fixing their tyre problem has been overlooked completely. They could well have had 2 podiums today, or perhaps a 1-2. Looks like that tyre test really paid off!

  6. OEL F1 (@oel-f1) said on 30th June 2013, 23:02

    Didn’t Gutierrez have a tyre failure as well?

  7. Dafffid (@dafffid) said on 1st July 2013, 9:47

    Di Resta’s missing a tyre

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