Felipe Massa, Williams, Bahrain International Circuit, 2017

2017 Bahrain Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

2017 Bahrain Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

An early Safety Car period prompted most drivers to use two-stop strategies in the Bahrain Grand Prix. Pascal Wehrlein was the only exception.

Lance Stroll, Williams, Bahrain International Circuit, 2017
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On the opening laps of the race Bottas was off the pace on his over-pressured super-soft tyres. He held up a queue including Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and the Red Bulls.

Once Vettel pitted he was immediately over two seconds per lap faster on another set of super-soft tyres. Red Bull, however, found they lacked pace after putting the softs on. Daniel Ricciardo switched back to the super-softs for his final stint but was too late to stop Kimi Raikkonen from beating him to fourth.

Hamilton also made a late pit stop but didn’t take the super-soft tyres despite having a fresh set available. Mercedes seemingly couldn’t make them last long enough at a sufficiently quick pace to make them a worthwhile choice. Hamilton’s pace began to drop off just four laps into his soft tyre stint.

2017 Bahrain Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

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2017 Bahrain Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3
Sebastian Vettel Super soft (10) Super soft (23) Soft (24)
Lewis Hamilton Super soft (13) Soft (28) Soft (16)
Valtteri Bottas Super soft (13) Super soft (17) Soft (27)
Kimi Raikkonen Super soft (12) Super soft (25) Soft (20)
Daniel Ricciardo Super soft (13) Soft (26) Super soft (18)
Felipe Massa Super soft (13) Soft (24) Soft (20)
Sergio Perez Super soft (13) Super soft (23) Soft (21)
Romain Grosjean Super soft (12) Super soft (19) Soft (26)
Nico Hulkenberg Super soft (13) Soft (23) Super soft (21)
Esteban Ocon Super soft (11) Super soft (26) Soft (20)
Pascal Wehrlein Super soft (11) Soft (45)
Daniil Kvyat Super soft (13) Soft (28) Super soft (15)
Jolyon Palmer Super soft (13) Soft (24) Super soft (19)
Fernando Alonso Super soft (13) Soft (23) Super soft (18)
Marcus Ericsson Soft (33) Super soft (17)
Carlos Sainz Jnr Super soft (12) Super soft (0)
Lance Stroll Super soft (8) Soft (4)
Max Verstappen Super soft (11)
Kevin Magnussen Super soft (8)
Stoffel Vandoorne
Driver Team Pit stop time Gap On lap
1 Felipe Massa Williams 24.240 37
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 24.314 0.074 33
3 Sergio Perez Force India 24.332 0.092 13
4 Esteban Ocon Force India 24.505 0.265 37
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 24.540 0.300 30
6 Sergio Perez Force India 24.630 0.390 36
7 Esteban Ocon Force India 24.664 0.424 11
8 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 24.702 0.462 10
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren 24.723 0.483 36
10 Lance Stroll Williams 24.915 0.675 8
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren 24.922 0.682 13
12 Romain Grosjean Haas 24.965 0.725 31
13 Carlos Sainz Jnr Toro Rosso 25.001 0.761 12
14 Romain Grosjean Haas 25.075 0.835 12
15 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 25.135 0.895 36
16 Max Verstappen Red Bull 25.174 0.934 11
17 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 25.200 0.960 39
18 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 25.204 0.964 13
19 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 25.246 1.006 41
20 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 25.312 1.072 13
21 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 25.576 1.336 33
22 Felipe Massa Williams 25.704 1.464 13
23 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 25.856 1.616 37
24 Jolyon Palmer Renault 26.420 2.180 37
25 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 26.430 2.190 12
26 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 26.542 2.302 11
27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 26.634 2.394 13
28 Jolyon Palmer Renault 27.466 3.226 13
29 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 28.368 4.128 13
30 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 30.682 6.442 41
31 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 30.687 6.447 13

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10 comments on “2017 Bahrain Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops”

  1. Ben Rowe (@thegianthogweed)
    16th April 2017, 21:21

    Are we going to have another year of Williams dominating the pit stop times? That will be nice to see. It would be good if we could also see the actual pit stop time too though. I have a feeling that that used to be the case. Have they stopped providing this information?

    1. @thegianthogweed, Actually Force India did the best stops, not Williams. Consistency is more important than best time for a single pit stop.

      1. Ben Rowe (@thegianthogweed)
        16th April 2017, 23:04

        I was only talking about the actual pit stop times. And last year, Williams were easily the best team at this. They were very consistent too.

        1. But @me4me is right. If you look, Force India have all their four stops in the top seven fastest stops, whereas one Williams stop is 22nd and one tenth. To me, that makes Force India the better pit crew (at this race), even if the fastest stop was Williams.

  2. Why did Hamilton run such a long second stint? It seems to me that two 22-lap stints should have been faster in theory.
    I also cannot really explain why they put Bottas on supersofts at the first stop after his dreadful first stint.

    1. @f1infigures Exactly, I was certain they would put Hamilton on a supersoft after waiting so long.

      1. Sundar Srinivas Harish
        17th April 2017, 3:31

        It was a splitting strategy. Merc didn’t seem to realize that the soft was doing better until they saw the dreadful second stint that Bottas had.

      2. I think the Mercedes are too harsh on the Super Softs, this Lewis was pitted for Softs instead.

  3. They might have been waiting to clear some traffic, I can’t remember if he came out in front of someone (backmarkers) or not. In any case having more life in the tyres makes sense in case there’s a late safety car or something, seeing as it was unlikely he could catch Vettel.

    His middle stint was pretty good anyway, his times weren’t dropping off and I guess it allowed him to run at 100% in the last stint instead of having to run to a delta?

    1. Oops, that was as a reply to @f1infigures above.

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