Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, Silverstone, 2017

2017 British Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

2017 British Grand PrixPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Did Ferrari’s early pit stop for Sebastian Vettel leave him at risk of the puncture which ruined his race?

Vettel made his only pit stop of the race on lap 18. This came after several attempts to overtake Max Verstappen on the track had failed.

His early change to a fresh set of soft tyres succeeded in getting him ahead of Verstappen. But it also meant he began to lose tyre performance earlier in his final stint than his rivals: A predicament not helped by a heavy lock-up while fighting with Valtteri Bottas.

Eventually Vettel’s front-left tyre let go. This came shortly after his team mate had also suffered a tyre failure. However while Vettel’s appeared to be directly connected to the length of his stint, Raikkonen’s seemed to be a different kind of problem.

Apart from the emergency late-race pit stops these failures provoked, the British Grand Prix was another race where most drivers only needed one pit stop.

2017 British Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3 Stint 4
Lewis Hamilton Super soft (25) Soft (26)
Valtteri Bottas Soft (32) Super soft (19)
Kimi Raikkonen Super soft (24) Soft (25) Super soft (2)
Max Verstappen Super soft (19) Soft (30) Super soft (2)
Daniel Ricciardo Super soft (32) Soft (19)
Nico Hulkenberg Super soft (24) Soft (27)
Sebastian Vettel Super soft (18) Soft (32) Super soft (1)
Esteban Ocon Super soft (20) Soft (30)
Sergio Perez Super soft (23) Soft (27)
Felipe Massa Soft (25) Super soft (25)
Stoffel Vandoorne Super soft (26) Soft (24)
Kevin Magnussen Soft (37) Super soft (13)
Romain Grosjean Super soft (23) Soft (20) Super soft (7)
Marcus Ericsson Soft (28) Super soft (22)
Daniil Kvyat Super soft (1) Soft (26) Super soft (23)
Lance Stroll Soft (22) Super soft (20) Super soft (8)
Pascal Wehrlein Soft (2) Medium (1) Soft (28) Super soft (19)
Fernando Alonso Super soft (20) Soft (12)

2017 British 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 27.583 25
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 27.733 0.150 25
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 27.858 0.275 32
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 27.910 0.327 32
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 28.056 0.473 49
6 Kevin Magnussen Haas 28.099 0.516 37
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren 28.269 0.686 20
8 Lance Stroll Williams 28.335 0.752 42
9 Romain Grosjean Haas 28.361 0.778 23
10 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 28.363 0.780 18
11 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 28.476 0.893 24
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 28.630 1.047 27
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 28.825 1.242 28
14 Sergio Perez Force India 28.942 1.359 23
15 Romain Grosjean Haas 28.998 1.415 43
16 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 29.057 1.474 49
17 Max Verstappen Red Bull 29.147 1.564 19
18 Esteban Ocon Force India 29.194 1.611 20
19 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 29.337 1.754 26
20 Lance Stroll Williams 29.849 2.266 22
21 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 29.861 2.278 2
22 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 29.941 2.358 3
23 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 30.841 3.258 24
24 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 31.250 3.667 31
25 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 35.204 7.621 50
26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 45.538 17.955 1

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3 comments on “2017 British Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops”

  1. Still strange. Bottas ran 32 laps on the soft, and heavier fuel load (albeit a couple of laps behind the safety car). Magnussen even 37 laps, and Ricciardo did 32 on the super soft.

    I can’t believe that the single lock-up when fighting with Bottas should have been sufficient to cause these problems; didn’t look that massive.

  2. Tyre unpredictability is now substituting for “Bernies sprinklers”, just for fun, while the race is fresh in your mind imagine it with tyres that can run the race from start to finish without massive degradation and failure. Would Vet have passed Ver ?, Would Bottas have passed Rai ? How long would those top 6 battles have lasted without them being separated by pit stop strategy ? Just saying.

  3. Matti Ripattila
    17th July 2017, 11:49

    Tires blowing up in the end hid the fact that Ferrari once again (tried to) sacrificed Kimi in favor of Seb. Kimi was only 5 sec behind Ham at lap 18 when Seb pitted. Seb was 12 sec behind Kimi. At that lap Kimis tyres started to go, but they did not pit him. They started to calculate how to get them change positions. They kept him out till lap 24. Kimi was then 12 sec behind Ham, and when he returned to track, Seb was only 5 sec behind him. They say they are trying to win constructions, but with that kind of thinking it will never happen. If they had pitted Kimi around when Seb did, he would have been quite close to Ham in the end too, and within on little mistake from Ham to challenge for the win. Now he was only few secs in front of Bot two laps before the end. Merc and Bottas say: “never give up” Ferrari says “give up if it’s not Seb closer of winning”.

    Haven’t read anything about this obvious observation, wonder what race the si called experts were watching…

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