2014 Monaco Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

2014 Monaco Grand Prix

Felipe Massa, Williams, Monte-Carlo, 2014Last year Mercedes user thier position at the front of the field to slow the pace at Monaco so they could look after their tyres and not be jumped in the pits by their rivals.

This time they had no such concerns, and Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton scorched away at the front of the pack.

Unfortunatley Adrian Sutil’s crash led to a Safety Car period which kept us from seeing whether Hamilton might have found a way past his team mate using pit strategy.

Several teams reaped the reward of gambling at this point. Nico Hulkenberg had qualified outside the top ten and started on soft tyres, but was able to go the remaining distance on the super-soft compound.

Conversely Felipe Massa had started the race on the softer tyre and Wiliams chose not to make a pit stop under the Safety Car, in order to move him up the running order. This also paid off, thanks partly to other drivers retiring, and he finished seventh. He also benefited from the fastest complete pit stop of the race, partly due to the fact that most other drivers made their stops on the same lap under the Safety Car, losing some time in the pits.

Monaco Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3 Stint 4
Nico Rosberg Super soft (26) Soft (52)
Lewis Hamilton Super soft (26) Soft (52)
Daniel Ricciardo Super soft (26) Soft (52)
Fernando Alonso Super soft (26) Soft (52)
Nico Hulkenberg Soft (26) Super soft (51)
Jenson Button Super soft (25) Soft (52)
Felipe Massa Super soft (45) Soft (32)
Romain Grosjean Super soft (1) Soft (22) Super soft (54)
Jules Bianchi Soft (25) Super soft (52)
Kevin Magnussen Super soft (26) Soft (51)
Marcus Ericsson Soft (25) Super soft (26) Super soft (26)
Kimi Raikkonen Super soft (26) Soft (2) Soft (45) Super soft (4)
Kamui Kobayashi Super soft (25) Soft (37) Super soft (13)
Max Chilton Soft (24) Super soft (3) Super soft (39) Super soft (9)
Esteban Gutierrez Super soft (25) Soft (34)
Valtteri Bottas Super soft (26) Soft (29)
Jean-Eric Vergne Super soft (26) Soft (24)
Adrian Sutil Soft (1) Super soft (22)
Daniil Kvyat Super soft (10)
Sebastian Vettel Super soft (4) Soft (1)
Pastor Maldonado Soft (0)
Sergio Perez Super soft (0)

Monaco Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

Driver Team Pit stop time Gap On lap
1 Felipe Massa Williams 24.264 45
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 24.672 0.408 26
3 Romain Grosjean Lotus 25.029 0.765 23
4 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham 25.116 0.852 62
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 25.282 1.018 26
6 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham 25.421 1.157 25
7 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 25.444 1.180 26
8 Marcus Ericsson Caterham 25.585 1.321 51
9 Valtteri Bottas Williams 25.595 1.331 26
10 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 25.684 1.420 28
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 25.714 1.450 26
12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 25.906 1.642 25
13 Jenson Button McLaren 25.992 1.728 25
14 Max Chilton Marussia 26.137 1.873 66
15 Romain Grosjean Lotus 26.312 2.048 1
16 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 26.499 2.235 26
17 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 26.584 2.320 26
18 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 27.509 3.245 26
19 Marcus Ericsson Caterham 28.091 3.827 25
20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren 28.943 4.679 26
21 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 31.896 7.632 73
22 Jules Bianchi Marussia 32.658 8.394 25
23 Max Chilton Marussia 33.074 8.810 24
24 Adrian Sutil Sauber 33.207 8.943 1
25 Max Chilton Marussia 37.352 13.088 27
26 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 66.065 41.801 4

2014 Monaco Grand Prix

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3 comments on 2014 Monaco Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

  1. Garns (@garns) said on 26th May 2014, 15:04

    My friend Lewis has made me proxy on this one:
    “Thanks guys, we got this one just right!!!” :)

  2. smudgersmith1 (@smudgersmith1) said on 26th May 2014, 20:53

    Had Button done a Massa and not pitted but remained out until the 2nd safety car, i wonder where he would have been.

  3. Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 27th May 2014, 11:55

    Vettel’s pit-stop was electric.

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