2013 Korean Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

2013 Korean Grand Prix

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Korea International Circuit, 2013Two pit stops were the way to go for almost every driver in the Korean Grand Prix, as was the case last year.

Everyone bar Daniel Ricciardo started on the super-soft tyre then switched to the medium for the next two stints.

Teams were battling higher than expected tyre degradation, a problem which may have been exacerbated by overnight rain, and trying to keep from making three stops if they could. This is partly because pit stops were taking almost three seconds longer than last year due to the lower pit lane speed limit and revised pit exit.

However the nine laps spent behind the Safety Car in the second half of the race meant we never really got to see who’d been too ambitious with their strategies, and whether anyone would have been forced to make a late third pit stop. Mark Webber did pit three times but that was because he damaged a set of tyres on debris from Sergio Perez’s blow-out.

Korean Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3 Stint 4
Sebastian Vettel Super soft (11) Medium (20) Medium (24)
Kimi Raikkonen Super soft (11) Medium (14) Medium (30)
Romain Grosjean Super soft (10) Medium (21) Medium (24)
Nico Hulkenberg Super soft (10) Medium (16) Medium (29)
Lewis Hamilton Super soft (9) Medium (20) Medium (26)
Fernando Alonso Super soft (9) Medium (19) Medium (27)
Nico Rosberg Super soft (10) Medium (18) Medium (27)
Jenson Button Super soft (4) Medium (18) Medium (33)
Felipe Massa Super soft (6) Medium (23) Medium (26)
Sergio Perez Super soft (10) Medium (21) Medium (24)
Esteban Gutierrez Super soft (7) Medium (24) Medium (24)
Valtteri Bottas Super soft (8) Medium (20) Medium (27)
Pastor Maldonado Super soft (7) Medium (16) Medium (32)
Charles Pic Super soft (9) Medium (21) Medium (25)
Giedo van der Garde Super soft (11) Medium (19) Medium (25)
Jules Bianchi Super soft (10) Medium (20) Medium (25)
Max Chilton Super soft (12) Medium (18) Medium (25)
Jean-Eric Vergne Super soft (12) Medium (12) Medium (14) Medium (15)
Daniel Ricciardo Medium (18) Medium (13) Super soft (21)
Adrian Sutil Super soft (3) Medium (25) Medium (10) Super soft (3)
Mark Webber Super soft (12) Medium (18) Medium (1) Super soft (5)
Paul di Resta Super soft (7) Medium (16) Medium (1)

Korean Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

Driver Team Pit stop time Gap On lap
1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 22.208 9
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 22.251 0.043 29
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 22.270 0.062 9
4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 22.401 0.193 29
5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 22.474 0.266 6
6 Romain Grosjean Lotus 22.519 0.311 10
7 Mark Webber Red Bull 22.587 0.379 12
8 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 22.662 0.454 11
9 Mark Webber Red Bull 22.718 0.510 30
10 Romain Grosjean Lotus 22.767 0.559 31
11 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 22.807 0.599 28
12 Sergio Perez McLaren 22.901 0.693 10
13 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 22.924 0.716 11
14 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 22.935 0.727 31
15 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 23.096 0.888 7
16 Jules Bianchi Marussia 23.097 0.889 10
17 Adrian Sutil Force India 23.155 0.947 28
18 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 23.194 0.986 31
19 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 23.236 1.028 25
20 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 23.408 1.200 31
21 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 23.412 1.204 10
22 Pastor Maldonado Williams 23.470 1.262 7
23 Mark Webber Red Bull 23.490 1.282 31
24 Pastor Maldonado Williams 23.642 1.434 23
25 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber 23.654 1.446 10
26 Max Chilton Marussia 23.761 1.553 12
27 Paul di Resta Force India 23.814 1.606 7
28 Jules Bianchi Marussia 23.814 1.606 30
29 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 23.845 1.637 24
30 Paul di Resta Force India 23.854 1.646 23
31 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 23.892 1.684 18
32 Valtteri Bottas Williams 23.912 1.704 8
33 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 23.987 1.779 11
34 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 24.016 1.808 38
35 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber 24.112 1.904 26
36 Valtteri Bottas Williams 24.240 2.032 28
37 Charles Pic Caterham 24.320 2.112 9
38 Charles Pic Caterham 24.366 2.158 30
39 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 24.477 2.269 12
40 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 24.548 2.340 30
41 Jenson Button McLaren 25.946 3.738 22
42 Max Chilton Marussia 26.299 4.091 30
43 Jenson Button McLaren 26.948 4.740 4
44 Adrian Sutil Force India 29.829 7.621 3
45 Sergio Perez McLaren 38.893 16.685 31
46 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 42.432 20.224 28
47 Adrian Sutil Force India 71.445 49.237 38

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8 comments on 2013 Korean Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

  1. Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 6th October 2013, 14:50

    Red Bull falling behind in the pit stops!

  2. George (@george) said on 6th October 2013, 17:29

    Is it just me or were the pitstops really good this race? I saw at least 4 or 5 in the mid-2′s, and that’s just what they showed on screen.

  3. Greg_C said on 7th October 2013, 0:31

    So F1 is going to more advanced energy recovery systems along with greatly reduced fuel comsumptions to promote or “appear” greener , more environmentally aware ? But how many sets of tyres are used in a race weekend ? What a waste of resources , whats wrong with making tyres that last and can be pushed instead of these throw away plastic bag tyres?

  4. JS (@js) said on 7th October 2013, 8:41

    Hi,

    Well, so weren’t all these regulations about tyres supposed (among others) to allow the team to play with the strategy, and have different strategic options? The first table is pretty impressive in that respect: I could not imagine something more uniform (although there were the safety cars, which might have changed things, I doubt we would have seen a totally different table without them).

  5. Daniel who?

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