2013 Singapore GP tyre strategies and pit stops

2013 Singapore Grand Prix

Romain Grosjean, Fernando Alonso, Singapore, 2013Almost the entire field started the Singapore Grand Prix on the faster super-soft tyre – but their strategies diverged from that point on.

When it came to the choice of tyre for the second stint the field was split almost exactly down the middle – 12 stuck with the super-soft tyres, the rest opted for mediums.

When the Safety Car came out almost all the drivers still on super-soft tyres switched to mediums in an attempt to reach the end of the race without making a further stop. It worked better for some than others.

Sergio Perez enjoyed the fastest pit stop of the race courtesy of the McLaren pit crew. But Red Bull’s consistent speed impressed again: the next four quickest pit stops all belonged to them, and all were within less than a quarter of a second of each other.

Not all the pit stops were standard four-tyre changes: Jules Bianchi came in on lap 11 to have his steering wheel replaced to cure a gear shift problem. And Romain Grosjean had a long pit stop as Lotus tried in vain to cure a fault on his engine’s pneumatic system.

Singapore Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3 Stint 4 Stint 5
Sebastian Vettel Super soft (17) Medium (27) Super soft (17)
Fernando Alonso Super soft (14) Medium (11) Medium (36)
Kimi Raikkonen Super soft (10) Super soft (15) Medium (36)
Nico Rosberg Super soft (15) Medium (26) Medium (20)
Lewis Hamilton Super soft (15) Medium (28) Medium (18)
Felipe Massa Super soft (12) Medium (13) Super soft (17) Medium (19)
Jenson Button Super soft (13) Super soft (12) Medium (36)
Sergio Perez Super soft (14) Super soft (11) Medium (36)
Nico Hulkenberg Super soft (13) Super soft (12) Medium (36)
Adrian Sutil Medium (12) Super soft (13) Super soft (15) Super soft (21)
Pastor Maldonado Super soft (16) Super soft (9) Medium (16) Super soft (20)
Esteban Gutierrez Super soft (11) Super soft (14) Medium (36)
Valtteri Bottas Super soft (13) Super soft (11) Medium (18) Super soft (19)
Jean-Eric Vergne Super soft (11) Medium (13) Medium (15) Super soft (22)
Mark Webber Super soft (13) Medium (27) Medium (20)
Giedo van der Garde Super soft (13) Medium (13) Medium (16) Medium (18)
Max Chilton Super soft (11) Super soft (13) Medium (17) Medium (19)
Jules Bianchi Super soft (10) Super soft (1) Super soft (12) Medium (17) Medium (20)
Charles Pic Super soft (11) Medium (14) Medium (29) Super soft (6)
Paul di Resta Super soft (20) Super soft (22) Medium (12)
Romain Grosjean Super soft (15) Super soft (10) Medium (8) Medium (4)
Daniel Ricciardo Super soft (15) Medium (8)

Singapore Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

Driver Team Pit stop time Gap On lap
1 Sergio Perez McLaren 28.709 14
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 28.787 0.078 17
3 Mark Webber Red Bull 28.909 0.200 40
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 28.934 0.225 44
5 Mark Webber Red Bull 29.031 0.322 13
6 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 29.032 0.323 15
7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 29.040 0.331 12
8 Felipe Massa Ferrari 29.136 0.427 25
9 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 29.176 0.467 25
10 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 29.212 0.503 15
11 Jenson Button McLaren 29.284 0.575 13
12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 29.364 0.655 11
13 Sergio Perez McLaren 29.396 0.687 25
14 Jules Bianchi Marussia 29.421 0.712 40
15 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 29.436 0.727 14
16 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 29.469 0.760 10
17 Jules Bianchi Marussia 29.573 0.864 10
18 Felipe Massa Ferrari 29.573 0.864 42
19 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 29.616 0.907 41
20 Paul di Resta Force India 29.667 0.958 20
21 Adrian Sutil Force India 29.678 0.969 12
22 Max Chilton Marussia 29.687 0.978 41
23 Romain Grosjean Lotus 29.702 0.993 15
24 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 29.736 1.027 11
25 Paul di Resta Force India 29.777 1.068 42
26 Jules Bianchi Marussia 29.823 1.114 23
27 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber 29.910 1.201 13
28 Pastor Maldonado Williams 29.966 1.257 16
29 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 29.999 1.290 39
30 Jenson Button McLaren 30.085 1.376 25
31 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 30.085 1.376 43
32 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 30.141 1.432 42
33 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 30.161 1.452 13
34 Adrian Sutil Force India 30.166 1.457 25
35 Pastor Maldonado Williams 30.175 1.466 41
36 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber 30.253 1.544 25
37 Romain Grosjean Lotus 30.293 1.584 25
38 Pastor Maldonado Williams 30.444 1.735 25
39 Max Chilton Marussia 30.497 1.788 11
40 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 30.714 2.005 24
41 Valtteri Bottas Williams 30.790 2.081 24
42 Max Chilton Marussia 31.173 2.464 24
43 Adrian Sutil Force India 31.230 2.521 40
44 Charles Pic Caterham 31.546 2.837 54
45 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 31.706 2.997 25
46 Valtteri Bottas Williams 31.792 3.083 13
47 Charles Pic Caterham 31.841 3.132 11
48 Charles Pic Caterham 32.008 3.299 25
49 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 32.097 3.388 15
50 Jules Bianchi Marussia 32.243 3.534 11
51 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 33.013 4.304 25
52 Valtteri Bottas Williams 33.836 5.127 42
53 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 37.700 8.991 26
54 Romain Grosjean Lotus 73.009 44.300 33

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4 comments on 2013 Singapore GP tyre strategies and pit stops

  1. 1 Sergio Perez McLaren 28.709
    2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 28.787
    3 Mark Webber Red Bull 28.909
    4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 28.934
    5 Mark Webber Red Bull 29.031

    Giving no one a chance… ! What a team… !

  2. Very strange strategy with Massa. He stopped during the safety car period and he put the super softs, of course he had to make another stop. I don’t understand what Ferrari was trying to do. Still, good job to get P6 with three stop.

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