Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Red Bull Ring, 2015

Tyres and restrictive rules mean another one-stop race

2015 Austrian Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stopsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Red Bull Ring, 2015The appearance of the Safety Car moments after the start of the Austrian Grand Prix extinguished what little chance there was that any of the teams might try something other than a one-stop strategy.

For the third race in a row, anything other than a single-stop was mainly confined to those drivers whose race was compromised in some way.

As F1 rules effectively force drivers to make at least one pit stop, there is no possibility for anyone to try to eke a single set of tyres out for the entire race distance. Daniel Ricciardo’s 50-lap stint on softs indicated that might have been possible, although that did include half-a-dozen laps behind the Safety Car.

That stint by Ricciardo helped him salvage a result despite failing to reach the top ten, being sent to the tail of the grid by an engine penalty, and being given a five-second time penalty in advance of the race. On super-soft tyres at the end of the race he was able to pass Felipe Nasr for the last points place, although he ran out of time to catch Sergio Perez in ninth.

One driver who liked the idea of doing as much of the race as possible on one set of tyres was Jenson Button, who talked his team into trying it during the Safety Car period. Unfortunately has McLaren expired soon after the race restarted.

2015 Austrian Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3 Stint 4
Nico Rosberg Super soft (33) Soft (38)
Lewis Hamilton Super soft (35) Soft (36)
Felipe Massa Super soft (34) Soft (37)
Sebastian Vettel Super soft (36) Soft (35)
Valtteri Bottas Super soft (26) Soft (45)
Nico Hulkenberg Super soft (25) Soft (46)
Pastor Maldonado Soft (37) Super soft (33)
Max Verstappen Super soft (26) Soft (44)
Sergio Perez Soft (38) Super soft (32)
Daniel Ricciardo Soft (50) Super soft (20)
Felipe Nasr Super soft (24) Soft (46)
Daniil Kvyat Super soft (1) Soft (44) Super soft (25)
Marcus Ericsson Super soft (2) Soft (43) Soft (24)
Roberto Merhi Super soft (34) Soft (34)
Romain Grosjean Super soft (23) Soft (12)
Carlos Sainz Jnr Super soft (25) Soft (10)
Jenson Button Super soft (3) Soft (3) Soft (2)
Will Stevens Super soft (1)

2015 Austrian Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

Driver Team Pit stop time Gap On lap
1 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 21.685 25
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 21.768 0.083 33
3 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 21.847 0.162 37
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 21.869 0.184 35
5 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 21.984 0.299 26
6 Romain Grosjean Lotus 22.016 0.331 23
7 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 22.111 0.426 45
8 Felipe Massa Williams 22.447 0.762 34
9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 22.449 0.764 45
10 Valtteri Bottas Williams 22.777 1.092 26
11 Felipe Nasr Sauber 22.803 1.118 24
12 Roberto Merhi Manor 23.926 2.241 34
13 Jenson Button McLaren 24.104 2.419 3
14 Sergio Perez Force India 26.689 5.004 38
15 Carlos Sainz Jnr Toro Rosso 27.638 5.953 25
16 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 27.710 6.025 50
17 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 28.632 6.947 1
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 30.232 8.547 2
19 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 31.882 10.197 36

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