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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10 comments on “Tyres and restrictive rules mean another one-stop race”

  1. Here come the comments about one stop being boring from the majority of people who complained about the tyres being too aggressive in 2011,2012 & 2013

    1. +1 was about to say the same… In my opinion the tyres r just fine! What is watering down performance is everyone’s updates being sub-par; hope the test session gives Ferrari,Force India,McLaren and Sauber enough data to improve and make things interesting!Mercedes is just too good,hands down a bulletproof package

      1. Well Force India have a new car for Silverstone, would be good idea to test that on one of the two days, Ferrari its really strange that even with PU upgrades and spending tokens its nothing on Mercedes Reliability upgrade meaning they can run more power for longer

    2. +2! I agree. What gives a boring race (in my opinion, this GP was ok) is huge performance differential between teams and that is difficult to overcome and a little bit of DRS as well. The rest is all fine. Just open up rules and some in-season testing. In 2012, when we had one in-season testing, Ferrari came out as winners from that test and so did Williams. You restrict the number of days but allow in-season testing for other teams to catch up and open up aerodynamic rules to an extent to spice things up.

    3. One stoppers aren’t boring in my opinion. Bridgestone had in right in 2010, and if we have tyres like those, that you can choose to push or conserve on from Pirelli, then that’s fine by me. My only complaint back then was the mandatory pitstop rule, as that closes the strategic possibility of doing the entire race on one set of tyres.

    4. My thoughts were; What would have been different if there had been no pitstops, the big one I guess would have been Vettel probably holding of Massa for 3rd. otherwise I imagine the cars would have been closer together with only the Manor running in clean air.

  2. I’m not going to comment on the race but what are Pirelli actually up to? Their whole mandate and every time Paul Hembrey’s on the TV he talks about trying to make every race a marginal 2/3 stopper, they’re clearly failing in that regard (and have done for the second half of the season every year) so why aren’t they getting any stick?
    It’s not as if the tyres are too good, as we all know their performance is lacking, more of a case that now all the teams have infrared cameras looking at their tyres and a better understanding of the operating window the comedy element to the tyres has been nullified leaving us with drivers nursing 70 laps of a one stop race with no strategy element.

    1. Didn’t they change the tyre allocations for later races after seeing to few stops in the first races @alec-glen? They changed the compound for this year a bit, and can’t really change that quickly, and even tyre allocations have to be done several weeks in advance due to production, QA, and transport, so we just haven’t seen it be effected yet.

  3. While I have nothing against one-stoppers, the problem with the current tyres are that they deteriorate in dirty air too quickly to make these races more fun to watch. Now most of the field maintained a solid gap to the car in front, and then pushed for a few laps before and after their pitstop.

    I suppose Pirelli could also change the tyres midseason ala 2013, but that would just cause some more negative feedback and change in the pecking order “artificially”.

  4. Maybe they should drop pit stop all together….

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