2013 United States GP tyre strategies and pit stops

2013 United States Grand Prix

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Circuit of the Americas, 2013Red Bull performed a sub-two second pit stop for Mark Webber during the United States Grand Prix, giving him the fastest pit stop of the race.

The team said Webber’s car was stationary for 1.923 seconds, beating the previous best of 2.05 seconds they achieved at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

All the drivers started on the medium compound, apart from Jean-Eric Vergne, and most only made a single pit stop during the race. However some drivers who made their first pit stops early, such as Felipe Massa and Paul di Resta, found their lap times tailed off too soon in the final stint and had to make a second stop.

Here’s all the tyre strategy data from the race:

United States Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3
Sebastian Vettel Medium (27) Hard (29)
Romain Grosjean Medium (29) Hard (27)
Mark Webber Medium (28) Hard (28)
Lewis Hamilton Medium (25) Hard (31)
Fernando Alonso Medium (26) Hard (30)
Nico Hulkenberg Medium (27) Hard (29)
Sergio Perez Medium (22) Hard (34)
Valtteri Bottas Medium (23) Hard (33)
Nico Rosberg Medium (22) Hard (34)
Jenson Button Medium (20) Hard (36)
Daniel Ricciardo Medium (22) Hard (34)
Felipe Massa Medium (21) Hard (17) Medium (18)
Esteban Gutierrez Medium (1) Hard (35) Medium (20)
Heikki Kovalainen Medium (17) Hard (14) Medium (25)
Paul di Resta Medium (22) Hard (27) Medium (7)
Jean-Eric Vergne Hard (27) Medium (29)
Pastor Maldonado Medium (8) Hard (47)
Jules Bianchi Medium (21) Hard (34)
Giedo van der Garde Medium (21) Hard (34)
Charles Pic Medium (20) Hard (35)
Max Chilton Medium (26) Hard (28)
Adrian Sutil Medium

United States Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

Driver Team Pit stop time Gap On lap
1 Mark Webber Red Bull 23.537 28
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 23.806 0.269 22
3 Sergio Perez McLaren 23.808 0.271 22
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 23.817 0.280 26
5 Romain Grosjean Lotus 23.876 0.339 29
6 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 23.904 0.367 25
7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 23.936 0.399 21
8 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber 24.030 0.493 27
9 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 24.086 0.549 27
10 Felipe Massa Ferrari 24.116 0.579 38
11 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 24.226 0.689 22
12 Max Chilton Marussia 24.293 0.756 26
13 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 24.381 0.844 27
14 Paul di Resta Force India 24.444 0.907 22
15 Jenson Button McLaren 24.589 1.052 20
16 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 24.859 1.322 1
17 Paul di Resta Force India 24.914 1.377 49
18 Valtteri Bottas Williams 25.014 1.477 23
19 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 25.027 1.490 36
20 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 25.268 1.731 21
21 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 25.323 1.786 17
22 Jules Bianchi Marussia 26.205 2.668 21
23 Charles Pic Caterham 27.568 4.031 20
24 Pastor Maldonado Williams 32.794 9.257 8
25 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 36.333 12.796 31

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8 comments on 2013 United States GP tyre strategies and pit stops

  1. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 18th November 2013, 0:27

    Not news, but amaizing how much Red Bull pushes themselves even at this stage. It’s not just the driver, or the designer, being the best in the world… 1.9 secs is just mindblowing when you think about it. Lift the car, unscrew the wheelnuts, take the old tyres off, put the new tyres in, fasten the wheelnuts again, and drop the car. It takes more to think about it than what it actually takes them !

  2. iAltair (@ialtair) said on 18th November 2013, 0:56

    Red Bull are breaking records one another, here and there.

  3. dragoll (@dragoll) said on 18th November 2013, 2:53

    Looks like a 2 stopper really didn’t figure into the equations today.

  4. Ivan (@wpinrui) said on 18th November 2013, 14:23

    Did Maldonado do 8 laps and then do 48 laps on the hard tyre? Because as much as he’s been an **** lately, that’s huge!

  5. Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 18th November 2013, 17:46

    Anybody understand the strategy of Gutierrez pitting on lap 1 under the safety car? It makes no sense unless they thought they could go to the end, or they though most others would need two stops where they could do it in de facto one stop using the hard tyre twice.

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