Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Yas Marina, 2016

2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

2016 Abu Dhabi Grand PrixPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Daniel Ricciardo regretted the decision to stick with a two-stop strategy after being leapfrogged by team mate Max Verstappen in Abu Dhabi.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Yas Marina, 2016
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With race leader Lewis Hamilton restricting the pace at the front of the field, less conservative strategies became viable options for those behind. In retrospect Red Bull appear to have slipped up by choosing to pit Ricciardo on lap ten when his team mate further back was holding up the Ferraris.

“I think we should have just gone long and one-stopped but in hindsight it’s always easy to say,” Ricciardo conceded.

That early pit stop forced Ricciardo to stick to a two-stop strategy which dropped him behind his team mate.

“I saw Max [Verstappen] spin in mirrors in turn turn so I thought he was out of the race,” said Ricciardo, “and then he does a one-stop and fights for the podium so he did well.”

“I just feel we hurt with the two-stop strategy as the super-soft was a good tyre today.”

2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3 Stint 4
Lewis Hamilton Ultra soft (7) Soft (21) Soft (27)
Nico Rosberg Ultra soft (8) Soft (21) Soft (26)
Sebastian Vettel Ultra soft (8) Soft (29) Super soft (18)
Max Verstappen Super soft (21) Soft (34)
Daniel Ricciardo Super soft (9) Soft (15) Soft (31)
Kimi Raikkonen Ultra soft (7) Soft (18) Soft (30)
Nico Hulkenberg Ultra soft (8) Soft (18) Soft (29)
Sergio Perez Ultra soft (9) Soft (18) Soft (28)
Felipe Massa Ultra soft (8) Soft (22) Soft (25)
Fernando Alonso Ultra soft (7) Soft (31) Super soft (17)
Romain Grosjean Soft (20) Soft (18) Super soft (17)
Esteban Gutierrez Super soft (8) Soft (20) Soft (27)
Esteban Ocon Soft (22) Soft (14) Super soft (18)
Pascal Wehrlein Ultra soft (6) Soft (18) Soft (30)
Marcus Ericsson Soft (38) Super soft (16)
Felipe Nasr Super soft (7) Soft (29) Soft (18)
Jolyon Palmer Ultra soft (7) Soft (14) Soft (20) Super soft (13)
Carlos Sainz Jnr Super soft (6) Soft (22) Soft (13)
Daniil Kvyat Super soft (8) Soft (6)
Jenson Button Soft (12)
Valtteri Bottas Ultra soft (6)
Kevin Magnussen Soft (1) Soft (4)

2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

Driver Team Pit stop time Gap On lap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 21.218 29
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 21.221 0.003 21
3 Sergio Perez Force India 21.308 0.090 9
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 21.355 0.137 28
5 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 21.482 0.264 26
6 Felipe Massa Williams 21.539 0.321 30
7 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 21.711 0.493 8
8 Carlos Sainz Jnr Toro Rosso 21.761 0.543 6
9 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 21.768 0.550 24
10 Felipe Massa Williams 21.775 0.557 8
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 21.834 0.616 8
12 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 21.872 0.654 37
13 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 21.896 0.678 8
14 Carlos Sainz Jnr Toro Rosso 21.935 0.717 28
15 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 21.959 0.741 7
16 Sergio Perez Force India 22.012 0.794 27
17 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 22.032 0.814 8
18 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 22.084 0.866 9
19 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 22.087 0.869 25
20 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 22.102 0.884 28
21 Jolyon Palmer Renault 22.145 0.927 21
22 Fernando Alonso McLaren 22.248 1.030 38
23 Fernando Alonso McLaren 22.428 1.210 7
24 Romain Grosjean Haas 22.527 1.309 38
25 Jolyon Palmer Renault 22.588 1.370 41
26 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 22.600 1.382 7
27 Romain Grosjean Haas 22.838 1.620 20
28 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 22.949 1.731 24
29 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 22.991 1.773 38
30 Esteban Ocon Manor 23.026 1.808 36
31 Felipe Nasr Sauber 23.272 2.054 7
32 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 23.753 2.535 8
33 Esteban Ocon Manor 24.035 2.817 22
34 Jolyon Palmer Renault 24.781 3.563 7
35 Kevin Magnussen Renault 27.068 5.850 1
36 Felipe Nasr Sauber 29.933 8.715 36
37 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 33.395 12.177 6

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6 comments on “2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops”

  1. I really don’t know why more people didn’t go Sunday SS at the end. It seemed pretty obvious from Verstappen’s stint that was the smart way to go, and the stunning pace Vettel had backed that up.

    1. *Super Soft

      1. I agree, Super Soft have been very good at the end, especially because of the lower temperatures. Just based on Max’s 1st stint, RedBull strategy with Ricciardo has been a surprise, if they would have kept him on track for more laps we would have seen a really fun race with Hamilton pushing hard get P1 and Rosberg trying to keep the pace. I understand that the two Mercs were fighting for the title, but RBR really did nothing to try to get a win for Ricciardo, which looking at SS performance and durability (plus Max comeback) would have been possible.

  2. After getting through Q2 on the Super Soft as a tactical move for the race, I was very surprised to see RIC pitting only 1 lap after HAM, ROS, VET, RAI. I expected we would have seen RIC go another 10 or 15 laps to enable him to do what VET ended up doing later. Did RB not have the confidence in the SS tyre ? They were in a position to be able to split strategy with VES so nothing really lost at this race. Subsequently it was good to see VET with the bit between his teeth and his positive words for his team during the podium interview. Bring on 2017 !

    1. Maybe Ricciardo couldn’t make that tyre work as long as Verstappen

  3. Strange, Max Verstappen / RedBull did the fastest pitstop according to DHL fastest lap. https://www.formula1.com/en/championship/awards/dhl-fastest-pit-stop-2016.html

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