Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Red Bull Ring, 2014

2014 Austrian Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

2014 Austrian Grand PrixPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Red Bull Ring, 2014As Lewis Hamilton began the final lap of the Austrian Grand Prix 1.1 seconds behind his race leading team mate he had good cause to regret the time he had lost in the pits.

During the race he lost 1.6s more in the pits than Rosberg did, according to the official timing data. Hamilton later admitted he was frustrated by the time lost.

It’s striking that although they have had the fastest car, Mercedes have not performed the fastest pit stop at any race so far this year. This may partly be by design, because the standard penalty for an unsafe this year is swingeing, as Sauber found out today.

But the service Hamilton has received from his pit crew has usually been good. In the seven races prior to this one, Hamilton enjoyed the quickest pit stop on four occasions.

Considering that in Australia he didn’t make it as far as the pit stops, and in Monaco he had to be stacked behind Rosberg on his sole visit to the pits, that’s actually a very good record.

Austrian Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3
Nico Rosberg Super soft (11) Soft (29) Soft (31)
Lewis Hamilton Super soft (13) Soft (26) Soft (32)
Valtteri Bottas Super soft (15) Soft (26) Soft (30)
Felipe Massa Super soft (14) Soft (29) Soft (28)
Fernando Alonso Super soft (14) Soft (33) Soft (24)
Sergio Perez Soft (29) Soft (26) Super soft (16)
Kevin Magnussen Super soft (10) Soft (30) Soft (31)
Daniel Ricciardo Super soft (10) Soft (33) Soft (28)
Nico Hulkenberg Super soft (9) Soft (30) Soft (32)
Kimi Raikkonen Super soft (15) Soft (29) Soft (27)
Jenson Button Soft (27) Soft (31) Super soft (13)
Pastor Maldonado Soft (26) Soft (30) Super soft (14)
Adrian Sutil Super soft (11) Soft (32) Soft (27)
Romain Grosjean Super soft (3) Soft (24) Soft (43)
Jules Bianchi Soft (40) Super soft (29)
Kamui Kobayashi Super soft (14) Soft (55)
Max Chilton Soft (37) Super soft (32)
Marcus Ericsson Soft (28) Super soft (15) Soft (26)
Esteban Gutierrez Super soft (12) Soft (33) Soft (24)
Jean-Eric Vergne Super soft (8) Soft (31) Soft (20)
Sebastian Vettel Super soft (20) Soft (8) Soft (6)
Daniil Kvyat Super soft (10) Soft (14)

Austrian Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

Driver Team Pit stop time Gap On lap
1 Valtteri Bottas Williams 21.133 15
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 21.234 0.101 14
3 Jenson Button McLaren 21.242 0.109 58
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 21.276 0.143 47
5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 21.381 0.248 20
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 21.398 0.265 43
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 21.467 0.334 10
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 21.474 0.341 11
9 Jenson Button McLaren 21.505 0.372 27
10 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 21.618 0.485 44
11 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 21.664 0.531 40
12 Kevin Magnussen McLaren 21.670 0.537 10
13 Kevin Magnussen McLaren 21.882 0.749 40
14 Romain Grosjean Lotus 21.884 0.751 3
15 Felipe Massa Williams 21.896 0.763 14
16 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 21.906 0.773 10
17 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 21.914 0.781 15
18 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 21.920 0.787 9
19 Sergio Perez Force India 21.960 0.827 55
20 Felipe Massa Williams 22.096 0.963 43
21 Valtteri Bottas Williams 22.208 1.075 41
22 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 22.226 1.093 13
23 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 22.232 1.099 8
24 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 22.246 1.113 39
25 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 22.374 1.241 39
26 Adrian Sutil Sauber 22.449 1.316 43
27 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham 22.480 1.347 14
28 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 22.530 1.397 45
29 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 22.555 1.422 39
30 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 22.612 1.479 56
31 Adrian Sutil Sauber 22.960 1.827 11
32 Max Chilton Marussia 22.977 1.844 37
33 Marcus Ericsson Caterham 23.177 2.044 28
34 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 23.343 2.210 26
35 Sergio Perez Force India 23.770 2.637 29
36 Romain Grosjean Lotus 24.212 3.079 27
37 Jules Bianchi Marussia 24.452 3.319 40
38 Marcus Ericsson Caterham 25.178 4.045 43
39 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 29.844 8.711 28
40 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 55.222 34.089 12

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