2013 Italian Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

2013 Italian Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Monza, 2013As is normal at Monza, one-stop strategies were the order of the day for most drivers.

Caterham were the only team which opted for a two-stop strategy for their drivers. Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton both ended up two-stopping because they were forced to make early pit stops due to damage.

Mercedes produced the fastest pit stop of the race for Nico Rosberg. But just as impressive was Red Bull’s stacked pit-stops for Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber on lap 23, which were among the four fastest stops of the race.

Italian Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3
Sebastian Vettel Medium (23) Hard (30)
Fernando Alonso Medium (27) Hard (26)
Mark Webber Medium (23) Hard (30)
Felipe Massa Medium (24) Hard (29)
Nico Hulkenberg Medium (24) Hard (29)
Nico Rosberg Medium (26) Hard (27)
Daniel Ricciardo Medium (22) Hard (31)
Romain Grosjean Medium (20) Hard (33)
Lewis Hamilton Hard (13) Medium (25) Medium (15)
Jenson Button Medium (21) Hard (32)
Kimi Raikkonen Hard (1) Medium (29) Medium (23)
Sergio Perez Medium (22) Hard (31)
Esteban Gutierrez Hard (27) Medium (26)
Pastor Maldonado Medium (24) Hard (29)
Valtteri Bottas Medium (25) Hard (28)
Adrian Sutil Medium (24) Hard (28)
Charles Pic Medium (17) Hard (21) Hard (14)
Giedo van der Garde Medium (18) Hard (21) Hard (13)
Jules Bianchi Medium (22) Hard (30)
Max Chilton Medium (23) Hard (29)
Jean-Eric Vergne Medium (14)
Paul di Resta Medium

Italian Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

Driver Team Pit stop time Gap On lap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 24.079 26
2 Mark Webber Red Bull 24.205 0.126 23
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 24.208 0.129 27
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 24.305 0.226 23
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 24.315 0.236 38
6 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 24.319 0.240 22
7 Jenson Button McLaren 24.450 0.371 21
8 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 24.460 0.381 13
9 Valtteri Bottas Williams 24.665 0.586 25
10 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 24.668 0.589 27
11 Felipe Massa Ferrari 24.692 0.613 24
12 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 24.764 0.685 30
13 Pastor Maldonado Williams 25.397 1.318 24
14 Jules Bianchi Marussia 25.541 1.462 22
15 Charles Pic Caterham 25.569 1.490 17
16 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber 25.633 1.554 24
17 Sergio Perez McLaren 25.933 1.854 22
18 Max Chilton Marussia 26.146 2.067 23
19 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 26.302 2.223 18
20 Charles Pic Caterham 26.363 2.284 38
21 Adrian Sutil Force India 26.873 2.794 24
22 Romain Grosjean Lotus 27.040 2.961 20
23 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 30.975 6.896 1
24 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 33.200 9.121 39

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10 comments on 2013 Italian Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

  1. Merv (@) said on 8th September 2013, 18:12

    I didn’t see it on TV but looking at the times above Lotus managed to change Kimi’s front wing in under 10s which seems fairly impressive. Still seems they have work to do on “normal” tyre stops though.

  2. Martin (@aardvark) said on 8th September 2013, 19:14

    Massa should have been third instead of Webber. The half a second he lost to Webber because of a slower pit stop was crucial.

    • Then there is the 1s+ he lost slowing down to let Alonso past. I suppose he will be chagrinned to get sacked this week after out qualifying Alonso, being asked, again, to let him by, and giving up a chance at 2nd at least.

  3. What a boring race. Maybe Pirelli could have chosen a different mix of tires? Instead of 1 or 2 stops, make it 2 or 3?

    • Mike (@mike) said on 9th September 2013, 4:34

      I think we need to point to this race when people criticize Pirrelli.

      Having said that, was it really boring? I mean, ignore that Vettel was untouchable, there was quite a bit going on, I enjoyed it. Am so happy for Hulkenburg. Such a great race for him.

  4. Is that the first time Mercedes have topped the time sheet for pitstops?

  5. Dusty in California (@dusty-in-california) said on 8th September 2013, 22:03

    I’d have liked to see Hamilton attempt 40 laps on the medium. Tire degradation was so little that he almost certainly would have had a better result. Teams in general have become so conservative… it’s all about risk management rather than aggressive strategy.

    • Indeed. The pit delta at Monza is like 24s+. Would he have lost 24 seconds trying to run on the hards? He certainly lost quite a big of time squabbling with Raikkonen, Ricciardo, and the McLarens on the softer tire at the end. Also, Rosberg was very foolish to fight Hamilton and cost them both time. In the end, it cost the team points, with Hamilton, who could have harvested another 2 spots for want of a couple seconds, and it may have kept Rosberg behind Hulkenberg. They were not racing for position so there was no reason for Rosberg to do that.

  6. Cindy said on 9th September 2013, 5:07

    I have noticed, especially on the podium today, that the guys are removing their Pirelli caps and either holding them while replacing team caps or not putting any caps back on. Was it in Hungary where Alonso tossed his Pirelli cap over the rail after wearing it for maybe what, 3 minutes? Is this subtle contempt for Pirelli? I mean, I hope so.

  7. Patrick (@paeschli) said on 9th September 2013, 16:12

    Red Bulls pit stops were impressive :O Or maybe the folks at Red Bull are just lazy, they only want to work for 1 lap :P

    “We had a bit of damage to a couple of dog rings on both cars. Under parc ferme after applying to the FIA due to it being damaged they were allowed to be replaced. Of course when that’s hanging over you, and we weren’t sure why that happened, we’ve not seen that before, and it’s not something that happened on the Caterham gearbox, which is obviously something that we supply. We were concerned as to why that was there.”

    What are dog rings? Are there people out there who try to boycott the RB car? ^^

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