2014 Spanish Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

2014 Spanish Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Circuit de Catalunya, 2014The pit lane at the Circuit de Catalunya was much less busy than it was 12 months ago. There were 48 pit stops during today’s race, down from 77 last year.

Most drivers opted for two pit stops where four was not uncommon last year.

Sebastian Vettel was one of the drivers who made three visits and he enjoyed two of the fastest stops of the race thanks to his Red Bull team.

But Jenson Button’s lap 36 stop proved costly – he had to be held in his pit box, costing him over two seconds, which meant he came out behind race leader Lewis Hamilton who on older tyres was lapping slightly slower than Button’s pace.

Red Bull were undoubtedly the star performers of the day in the pits, as all five of their stops ranked among the top ten times.

Spanish Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3 Stint 4
Lewis Hamilton Medium (18) Medium (25) Hard (23)
Nico Rosberg Medium (21) Hard (24) Medium (21)
Daniel Ricciardo Medium (14) Medium (31) Hard (21)
Sebastian Vettel Medium (12) Hard (21) Medium (19) Medium (14)
Valtteri Bottas Medium (20) Medium (25) Hard (21)
Fernando Alonso Medium (16) Medium (19) Hard (18) Medium (13)
Kimi Raikkonen Medium (17) Medium (26) Hard (22)
Romain Grosjean Medium (15) Medium (19) Hard (31)
Sergio Perez Medium (18) Hard (19) Medium (28)
Nico Hulkenberg Medium (17) Medium (19) Hard (29)
Jenson Button Medium (17) Medium (19) Hard (29)
Kevin Magnussen Medium (19) Medium (22) Hard (24)
Felipe Massa Medium (15) Medium (13) Hard (18) Hard (19)
Daniil Kvyat Medium (18) Medium (18) Hard (17) Medium (12)
Pastor Maldonado Medium (15) Medium (22) Hard (28)
Esteban Gutierrez Medium (18) Medium (18) Hard (16) Medium (13)
Adrian Sutil Medium (17) Medium (18) Hard (30)
Jules Bianchi Medium (21) Medium (20) Hard (23)
Max Chilton Medium (17) Medium (14) Medium (11) Hard (22)
Marcus Ericsson Medium (18) Medium (22) Hard (24)
Kamui Kobayashi Medium (23) Medium (11)
Jean-Eric Vergne Hard (16) Medium (8)

Spanish 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 21.599 33
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 21.608 0.009 52
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 21.664 0.065 53
4 Kevin Magnussen McLaren 21.768 0.169 41
5 Jenson Button McLaren 21.810 0.211 17
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 21.830 0.231 45
7 Kevin Magnussen McLaren 21.894 0.295 19
8 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 21.969 0.370 14
9 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 21.970 0.371 16
10 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 21.974 0.375 12
11 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 22.014 0.415 35
12 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 22.024 0.425 37
13 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 22.056 0.457 17
14 Romain Grosjean Lotus 22.078 0.479 34
15 Romain Grosjean Lotus 22.126 0.527 15
16 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 22.254 0.655 21
17 Sergio Perez Force India 22.282 0.683 37
18 Felipe Massa Williams 22.304 0.705 46
19 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 22.309 0.710 45
20 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 22.355 0.756 17
21 Sergio Perez Force India 22.367 0.768 18
22 Felipe Massa Williams 22.381 0.782 28
23 Jules Bianchi Marussia 22.568 0.969 41
24 Valtteri Bottas Williams 22.701 1.102 45
25 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 22.703 1.104 18
26 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 22.724 1.125 36
27 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 22.727 1.128 43
28 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham 22.789 1.190 23
29 Valtteri Bottas Williams 22.824 1.225 20
30 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 22.841 1.242 36
31 Felipe Massa Williams 22.890 1.291 15
32 Jules Bianchi Marussia 22.928 1.329 21
33 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 22.951 1.352 18
34 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 22.976 1.377 16
35 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 22.984 1.385 53
36 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 23.025 1.426 52
37 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 23.063 1.464 18
38 Marcus Ericsson Caterham 23.091 1.492 18
39 Max Chilton Marussia 23.232 1.633 31
40 Adrian Sutil Sauber 23.378 1.779 35
41 Max Chilton Marussia 23.586 1.987 42
42 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 23.590 1.991 43
43 Max Chilton Marussia 24.337 2.738 17
44 Jenson Button McLaren 24.408 2.809 36
45 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 24.780 3.181 36
46 Marcus Ericsson Caterham 26.671 5.072 40
47 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 27.851 6.252 15
48 Adrian Sutil Sauber 28.013 6.414 17

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14 comments on 2014 Spanish Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

  1. Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 11th May 2014, 20:12

    …and look at how much more entertaining the race was for it.

    Spain was the second worst race of the year (behind Britain) last year I think, and this year it was certainly second best (thus far).

  2. Younes (@moumny) said on 11th May 2014, 20:15

    Interesting how n1 drivers seem to get better pit stops.
    Is it psychologic?

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 11th May 2014, 20:57

      @moumny When the gaps are as small as this, and looking at the data from just one race, I don’t think you can draw that conclusion.

      But if it was the case remember this isn’t just the stationary time we are looking out: it includes the driver stopping on his marks and pulling away. So would it be that great a surprise if the ‘number one’ drivers were doing that better to the tune of a few hundredths of a second? Not really.

  3. IDR (@idr) said on 11th May 2014, 21:03

    Incredible pic. The color and definition is simply amazing!

  4. bull mello (@bullmello) said on 11th May 2014, 21:33

    Nice job by Ricciardo to get 31 laps out of the Medium tires on his 2nd stint. Most laps on Medium in a stint by any driver and he still was best of the rest behind the Mercs. Grosjean matched most laps (31) on a stint, but with Hard tires.

    Where Kimi really lost position to Alonso was on his 2nd stint doing 7 more laps than his teammate. He came out way behind Alonso after the 2nd stop whereas he came out just ahead of Alonso after the first stop. The alternate strategy didn’t work out too well for him.

  5. Andre Furtado (@f1andy83) said on 12th May 2014, 1:02

    I think the drive of the weekend was Vettel, 15 to 4th.

  6. frood19 (@frood19) said on 12th May 2014, 10:24

    i wondered if rosberg was going to try a one-stopper. he seemed quite comfortable on the mediums in the first stint, so maybe he could have gone a bit longer and then eked out the hards until the end of the race. i imagine he would have been passed near the end by hamilton, but the 20 seconds saved wouldn’t be that easy to overturn. just a thought.

    if the tyre rules were a bit freer then we might see more inventive strategies (i.e. hard-hard, or soft-soft-soft).

  7. radu said on 12th May 2014, 15:40

    The last medium tyres put at Alonso and Vettel car was new or used?

  8. DaveW (@dmw) said on 12th May 2014, 17:00

    Seeing how awful the stationary times were for Hamilton, It’s amazing that the actual pit time differences were so small. Rosberg apparently left a couple seconds on the table at least due to his entry and exit procedures. Lewis lost 1.2 on the first stop to him, but if I recall, Hamilton’s stationary time was like 4.3 and Rosberg’s was “normal.” If Rosberg had a comparable entry/exit maybe he even jumps Hamilton, considering he was about 1.63s behind when Hamilton stopped. When it’s this close between them, every little thing like this could decided the title.

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