One-stop race tipped with “ultra-conservative” tyres

2013 United States Grand Prix Friday practice analysis

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit of the Americas, 2013Drivers found more grip at the Circuit of the Americas on their second visit to the circuit but as in 2012 should only need to make one pit stop for tyres.

“Compared to last year, the track conditions seemed better,” said Fernando Alonso, who added he had no concerns about his back following today’s running.

“For the first Grand Prix here, it was too new and there was a bit of oil on the track, while now there?s a lot more grip,” Alonso explained.

“As expected, there was very little degradation today as Pirelli?s choice of the medium and hard compounds here in Austin are an ultra-conservative choice.”

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery concurred with Alonso’s view. “From what we can see so far, we could well be looking at a one-stop race for most runners, as was the case last year, although some may try two stops if they feel it offers a speed advantage.”

There was no indication that Red Bull’s advantage in recent races has been diminished by any of their rivals. But Lewis Hamilton is at least feeling happier with his Mercedes after a fault was diagnosed in his previous chassis.

“After we changed the chassis yesterday, the car felt better to drive,” said Hamilton, “particularly on the long run when it was pretty consistent, so that’s a positive for me”.

Daniil Kvyat made his first appearance in an official F1 session ahead of his race debut next year but was one of several drivers to be frustrated by limited running in the first session.

“I enjoyed every single moment of driving the track even though there was a delay because of the fog and then a red flag,” said the Toro Rosso driver. “We didn?t do the full programme of course because the session was shortened, but we still did 20 laps which is important mileage for me and we also managed to do some aero measurements.

“Of course I?ve never driven here before and I think the track is very nice. It was good to go out there to try and find the limit of the car and the brakes.”

Here’s all the data from Friday practice for the United States Grand Prix:

Longest stint comparison

This chart shows all the drivers’ lap times (in seconds) during their longest unbroken stint:

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2013drivercolours.csv

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Sebastian Vettel 103.273 102.935 103.069 103.513 103.065 103.191 103.759 103.062 103.016 104.919 104.407 103.137 103.801 109.996 101.981
Mark Webber 102.561 103.761 110.973 101.914 102.549 105.04 103.017 104.495 102.976 102.032 102.261
Fernando Alonso 104.433 104.043 103.667 104.154 104.024 103.598
Felipe Massa 104.928 104.731 106.511 104.69 107.671 104.614 104.26 104.706 105.425 107.157 106.687 104.071 104.128
Jenson Button 104.937 104.405 104.485 109.73 103.954 103.856 103.738 103.733 103.833 105.296 106.279 106.426 106.552 103.815 103.661
Sergio Perez 105.696 105.008 104.807 106.062 107.475 105.831 105.424 105.183 104.586 104.572
Heikki Kovalainen 105.603 104.631 104.908 104.939 104.455 104.714 105.206 104.319 104.667 104.816 103.769 103.843 103.847
Romain Grosjean 104.434 104.294 103.757 104.019 103.634 103.356 104.209 103.358 103.958 104.248 113.749 109.818
Nico Rosberg 104.044 103.969 103.886 103.549 104.958 104.452 104.465 104.138 103.306 102.598
Lewis Hamilton 105.167 104.763 108.777 104.309 105.59 104.409 104.178 103.883 104.423 104.094 103.943 103.784 106.916 109.345 108.23 104.38 111.247 105.064 104.187
Nico Hulkenberg 104.14 104.267 103.664 103.852 104.154 104.583 104.56 103.855 103.992 104.225 104.714 104.025
Esteban Gutierrez 104.587 104.283 104.302 104.713 105.512 104.343 104.26 104.169 104.301 104.145 104.451 103.505
Paul di Resta 105.205 104.66 104.465 104.809 104.4 106.799
Adrian Sutil 107.442 106.126 106.999 105.897 105.271 104.438
Pastor Maldonado 107.147 106.62 106.269 106.152 105.901 106.412 105.64 105.049 106.285 106.392 105.855 106.515 105.789 106.048 105.164
Valtteri Bottas 105.467 105.221 105.139 104.995 104.631 104.842 104.515 104.592 105.682 107.764 106.862 106.317
Jean-Eric Vergne 104.762 104.669 105.261 108.782 107.471 106.29 105.001 105.385 105.079
Daniel Ricciardo 105.638 105.281 110.54 109.414 105.005 104.828 104.42 104.594
Charles Pic 107.502 107.197 106.582 106.888 109.175 107.443 106.893 107.162 106.613 106.23 106.639 106.269 106.607
Giedo van der Garde 109.915 106.628 106.564 106.329 107.054 109.614 106.589 106.455 106.097 111.231
Jules Bianchi 109.128 110.88 109.047
Max Chilton 107.641 107.775 108.394 108.387 106.482 106.536 106.775

Sector times and ultimate lap times

Pos No. Driver Car S1 S2 S3 Ultimate Gap Deficit to best
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 26.474 (1) 39.038 (2) 31.793 (1) 1’37.305 0.000
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 26.585 (6) 38.807 (1) 32.003 (2) 1’37.395 0.090 0.025
3 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 26.514 (3) 39.062 (3) 32.209 (9) 1’37.785 0.480 0.000
4 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 26.494 (2) 39.172 (4) 32.126 (8) 1’37.792 0.487 0.166
5 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 26.656 (9) 39.271 (6) 32.123 (7) 1’38.050 0.745 0.204
6 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 26.601 (7) 39.393 (8) 32.064 (3) 1’38.058 0.753 0.197
7 7 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 26.711 (11) 39.264 (5) 32.098 (6) 1’38.073 0.768 0.000
8 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 26.749 (12) 39.312 (7) 32.085 (5) 1’38.146 0.841 0.123
9 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 26.686 (10) 39.452 (11) 32.079 (4) 1’38.217 0.912 0.012
10 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 26.576 (5) 39.438 (10) 32.264 (10) 1’38.278 0.973 0.183
11 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 26.916 (17) 39.424 (9) 32.379 (11) 1’38.719 1.414 0.000
12 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 26.635 (8) 39.778 (15) 32.388 (12) 1’38.801 1.496 0.140
13 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 26.554 (4) 39.851 (17) 32.486 (13) 1’38.891 1.586 0.047
14 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 26.794 (14) 39.576 (12) 32.775 (17) 1’39.145 1.840 0.101
15 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 26.769 (13) 39.666 (14) 32.718 (16) 1’39.153 1.848 0.257
16 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 26.850 (15) 39.811 (16) 32.672 (14) 1’39.333 2.028 0.179
17 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 27.043 (18) 39.663 (13) 32.706 (15) 1’39.412 2.107 0.167
18 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 26.855 (16) 39.969 (18) 32.877 (19) 1’39.701 2.396 0.083
19 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 27.069 (19) 40.299 (20) 32.836 (18) 1’40.204 2.899 0.172
20 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 27.357 (20) 40.293 (19) 32.913 (20) 1’40.563 3.258 0.000
21 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 28.873 (21) 42.061 (21) 35.035 (21) 1’45.969 8.664 0.257
22 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 29.180 (22) 42.218 (22) 35.326 (22) 1’46.724 9.419 0.285

Complete practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 Total laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’40.662 1’37.305 56
2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’39.083 1’37.420 54
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’38.657 1’37.785 59
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’38.979 1’37.958 59
5 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’39.487 1’38.073 59
6 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’38.532 1’38.229 58
7 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’39.158 1’38.254 57
8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’39.238 1’38.255 46
9 Jenson Button McLaren 1’38.371 1’38.269 59
10 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’38.343 1’38.461 49
11 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’38.388 1’39.512 54
12 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’39.699 1’38.719 46
13 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’39.005 1’38.938 54
14 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’39.256 1’38.941 48
15 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’39.200 1’39.784 48
16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’39.863 1’39.246 47
17 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’39.836 1’39.410 49
18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’39.579 36
19 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’40.065 20
20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’42.054 1’40.376 58
21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’40.563 35
22 Alexander Rossi Caterham-Renault 1’41.399 21
23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’41.605 1’46.226 50
24 Rodolfo Gonzalez Marussia-Cosworth 1’43.716 17
25 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’47.987 20

Speed trap

# Driver Car Engine Max speed (kph) Gap
1 14 Paul di Resta Force India Mercedes 315.1
2 15 Adrian Sutil Force India Mercedes 314.1 1
3 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams Renault 313.6 1.5
4 6 Sergio Perez McLaren Mercedes 313.4 1.7
5 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 313.1 2
6 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber Ferrari 313.1 2
7 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams Renault 313 2.1
8 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso Ferrari 312.6 2.5
9 5 Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 312.3 2.8
10 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Renault 311.7 3.4
11 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Renault 311.1 4
12 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Mercedes 310.9 4.2
13 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso Ferrari 309.9 5.2
14 7 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus Renault 308.8 6.3
15 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari Ferrari 308.4 6.7
16 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari Ferrari 307.9 7.2
17 20 Charles Pic Caterham Renault 306.9 8.2
18 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber Ferrari 306.8 8.3
19 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham Renault 306.8 8.3
20 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus Renault 304.8 10.3
21 23 Max Chilton Marussia Cosworth 301.5 13.6
22 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia Cosworth 297.9 17.2

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27 comments on One-stop race tipped with “ultra-conservative” tyres

  1. I like one stop races. They still involve staregty, but allow the guys to push.

    • Brian (@cassmastern) said on 16th November 2013, 8:03

      Agree, but I also did enjoy Spain (when this year’s championship still actually seemed up for grabs) when Ferrari committed to a four-stop with Alonso and just attacked it for the win.

    • Tomsk (@tomsk) said on 16th November 2013, 9:40

      Yep, should be good. Some drivers doing one stop and some doing two, with enough of each to race amongst themselves, is the best for me. Maybe an extra stop for Vettel (puncture or something) to give the others a chance…

      It’s a nice change to see a new F1 track being used properly throughout the year (sportscars, bikes and other racing) and to hear that this actually makes the track better!

  2. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 15th November 2013, 23:53

    Good!

    Means we’ll get to see them race flat out.

  3. Invariably though, the Red Bull’s look comfortably fastest. 8th win is looking pretty handy.

  4. Bosley (@bosley) said on 16th November 2013, 0:01

    Normally the Sauber has a high speed trap but thats quite a difference between the two drivers.

  5. This is a welcome change

  6. Aditya F. Yahya (@adityafakhri) said on 16th November 2013, 2:56

    Lotus no longer doing the longest stint anymore. but seeing this as one-stop race, this might be sensible. Red Bull has found sweet spot between straight line speed and downforce, maybe more to come (man, that’s sound scary for others). and everyone stuck behind Force India will have a bad time. if Mercedes ever learnt their lesson, it would be good. Vettel will storms away at start if he got good traction and gear shift, will unlikely to be touched. One stop strategy will potentially produce another grand chelem for him.

    what will be more fascinating: battle for 3rd, sadly.

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 16th November 2013, 3:54

      “Battle for 3rd.” as long as it is a real battle without tyre worries who cares about RBR, anyway Webber will probably have some sort of problem to make it a 3-4 way battle for 2nd, 3rd, 4th.

  7. Postreader said on 16th November 2013, 11:36

    If the race was in San Francisco, we would have ultra-liberal tyres.

  8. Strontium (@strontium) said on 16th November 2013, 11:59

    Bad news. Last year’s race was not that good because of the ultra-conservative tyres :(

  9. scuderia_fan85 (@scuderia_fan85) said on 16th November 2013, 13:04

    looking at the race pace and if all goes to plan, should be a one stopper. but also Vettel looks to have the quickest race pace so once again another boring procession; not racing and gonna be a lot of booing. I think they r actually losing money cuz of Vettel and he doesn’t really care. so what does that say about him and his love for F1, looks like his love is really just for winning even if it were(hypothetical) to drive F1 into the ground.

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