2014 Chinese Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

2014 Chinese Grand Prix

Felipe Massa, Williams, Shanghai International Circuit, 2014Felipe Massa lost almost a minute during a disastrous pit stop on lap ten of the Chinese Grand Prix.

Had it not been for that he would certainly not have been lapped and finished in the points. At minimum he would have finished near Kimi Raikkonen and Sergio Perez, and most likely he would continued scrapping with his team mate and Nico Hulkenberg for sixth place.

There was little vairation between drivers in terms of the strategies they chose, the main aim being to avoid problems with graining. Some of those who made early first stops appeared to be leaning towards three-stop strategies, but most ultimately pitted twice.

Among those were Red Bull, as Christian Horner explained: “After the second stop, it was apparent Sebastian [Vettel's] degradation was particularly worse than Daniel [Ricciardo's], so we looked at switching him to a three-stop.” But they too stuck to two-stopper.

Red Bull performed the quickest pit stop of the race and three of the top five. But Ricciardo’s first stop was slightly slow and may have contributed to him losing track position to Nico Rosberg.

Chinese Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3 Stint 4
Lewis Hamilton Soft (17) Medium (21) Medium (16)
Nico Rosberg Soft (13) Medium (24) Medium (17)
Fernando Alonso Soft (11) Medium (22) Medium (21)
Daniel Ricciardo Soft (15) Medium (22) Medium (17)
Sebastian Vettel Soft (12) Medium (22) Medium (20)
Nico Hulkenberg Soft (11) Medium (20) Medium (23)
Valtteri Bottas Soft (12) Medium (19) Medium (23)
Kimi Raikkonen Soft (10) Medium (21) Medium (23)
Sergio Perez Soft (10) Medium (20) Medium (24)
Daniil Kvyat Soft (14) Medium (17) Medium (22)
Jenson Button Soft (7) Medium (21) Medium (25)
Jean-Eric Vergne Soft (15) Soft (17) Medium (21)
Kevin Magnussen Medium (17) Soft (14) Medium (22)
Pastor Maldonado Soft (11) Medium (21) Medium (21)
Felipe Massa Soft (10) Medium (21) Medium (22)
Esteban Gutierrez Soft (14) Medium (13) Medium (13) Soft (13)
Jules Bianchi Soft (11) Medium (17) Medium (25)
Kamui Kobayashi Soft (11) Medium (19) Soft (10) Soft (13)
Max Chilton Soft (12) Medium (20) Medium (16) Soft (4)
Marcus Ericsson Soft (10) Medium (17) Soft (15) Soft (10)
Romain Grosjean Soft (9) Medium (19)
Adrian Sutil Soft (5)

Chinese Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

Driver Team Pit stop time Gap On lap
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 22.246 34
2 Jenson Button McLaren 22.408 0.162 7
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 22.498 0.252 37
4 Jenson Button McLaren 22.548 0.302 28
5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 22.570 0.324 12
6 Kevin Magnussen McLaren 22.579 0.333 31
7 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 22.734 0.488 40
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 22.764 0.518 31
9 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 22.776 0.530 11
10 Sergio Perez Force India 22.914 0.668 10
11 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 22.947 0.701 33
12 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 22.968 0.722 17
13 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 22.988 0.742 14
14 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 22.994 0.748 10
15 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 23.022 0.776 32
16 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 23.089 0.843 37
17 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 23.186 0.940 15
18 Romain Grosjean Lotus 23.213 0.967 9
19 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 23.252 1.006 27
20 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 23.277 1.031 13
21 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 23.291 1.045 31
22 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 23.438 1.192 11
23 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 23.521 1.275 14
24 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 23.628 1.382 31
25 Sergio Perez Force India 23.636 1.390 30
26 Valtteri Bottas Williams 23.639 1.393 31
27 Kevin Magnussen McLaren 23.670 1.424 17
28 Marcus Ericsson Caterham 23.677 1.431 10
29 Marcus Ericsson Caterham 23.730 1.484 27
30 Max Chilton Marussia 23.781 1.535 12
31 Felipe Massa Williams 23.830 1.584 31
32 Max Chilton Marussia 23.878 1.632 32
33 Max Chilton Marussia 23.886 1.640 48
34 Marcus Ericsson Caterham 23.969 1.723 42
35 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 23.999 1.753 38
36 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 24.010 1.764 11
37 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 24.119 1.873 15
38 Jules Bianchi Marussia 24.320 2.074 28
39 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 24.417 2.171 32
40 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham 24.722 2.476 40
41 Valtteri Bottas Williams 24.780 2.534 12
42 Jules Bianchi Marussia 24.784 2.538 11
43 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham 24.883 2.637 11
44 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham 25.402 3.156 30
45 Felipe Massa Williams 78.277 56.031 10

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10 comments on 2014 Chinese Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

  1. iAltair (@ialtair) said on 20th April 2014, 16:12

    Sebastian Vettel’s pit stop timing is really good.

  2. Ivan (@wpinrui) said on 20th April 2014, 16:14

    Even when not taking into account Massa’s fateful stop, Williams’ pit stops are still rather pitiful and lacklustre, and if Sauber and Force India can set the 7th and 8th fastest pit stops, I don’t see why Williams can only manage the 26th fastest pitstop, 1.3s off the best.

  3. Jake (@jleigh) said on 20th April 2014, 17:00

    If I was Lewis I would have done an extra couple of laps in the middle stint so I could put the softs on at the end and put a blistering lap in. I’m pretty sure the team wouldn’t allow it though!

  4. Roland Deschain (@f12014sucks) said on 20th April 2014, 18:12

    Pirelli are still failing the sport.

  5. Mr win or lose said on 20th April 2014, 19:07

    Did Chilton use the soft, the medium and the hard tyres?

  6. kenneth chapman said on 20th April 2014, 23:52

    was that the largest carpet of marbles ever seen?

  7. GB (@bgp001ruled) said on 21st April 2014, 4:52

    could the lengthy pit stop of williams been caused by the contact with alonso? i´m strongly under the impression that it was!

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