2013 Singapore GP tyre strategies and pit stops

2013 Singapore Grand Prix

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Almost the entire field started the Singapore Grand Prix on the faster super-soft tyre – but their strategies diverged from that point on.

When it came to the choice of tyre for the second stint the field was split almost exactly down the middle – 12 stuck with the super-soft tyres, the rest opted for mediums.

When the Safety Car came out almost all the drivers still on super-soft tyres switched to mediums in an attempt to reach the end of the race without making a further stop. It worked better for some than others.

Sergio Perez enjoyed the fastest pit stop of the race courtesy of the McLaren pit crew. But Red Bull’s consistent speed impressed again: the next four quickest pit stops all belonged to them, and all were within less than a quarter of a second of each other.

Not all the pit stops were standard four-tyre changes: Jules Bianchi came in on lap 11 to have his steering wheel replaced to cure a gear shift problem. And Romain Grosjean had a long pit stop as Lotus tried in vain to cure a fault on his engine’s pneumatic system.

Singapore Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1Stint 2Stint 3Stint 4Stint 5
Sebastian VettelSuper soft (17)Medium (27)Super soft (17)
Fernando AlonsoSuper soft (14)Medium (11)Medium (36)
Kimi RaikkonenSuper soft (10)Super soft (15)Medium (36)
Nico RosbergSuper soft (15)Medium (26)Medium (20)
Lewis HamiltonSuper soft (15)Medium (28)Medium (18)
Felipe MassaSuper soft (12)Medium (13)Super soft (17)Medium (19)
Jenson ButtonSuper soft (13)Super soft (12)Medium (36)
Sergio PerezSuper soft (14)Super soft (11)Medium (36)
Nico HulkenbergSuper soft (13)Super soft (12)Medium (36)
Adrian SutilMedium (12)Super soft (13)Super soft (15)Super soft (21)
Pastor MaldonadoSuper soft (16)Super soft (9)Medium (16)Super soft (20)
Esteban GutierrezSuper soft (11)Super soft (14)Medium (36)
Valtteri BottasSuper soft (13)Super soft (11)Medium (18)Super soft (19)
Jean-Eric VergneSuper soft (11)Medium (13)Medium (15)Super soft (22)
Mark WebberSuper soft (13)Medium (27)Medium (20)
Giedo van der GardeSuper soft (13)Medium (13)Medium (16)Medium (18)
Max ChiltonSuper soft (11)Super soft (13)Medium (17)Medium (19)
Jules BianchiSuper soft (10)Super soft (1)Super soft (12)Medium (17)Medium (20)
Charles PicSuper soft (11)Medium (14)Medium (29)Super soft (6)
Paul di RestaSuper soft (20)Super soft (22)Medium (12)
Romain GrosjeanSuper soft (15)Super soft (10)Medium (8)Medium (4)
Daniel RicciardoSuper soft (15)Medium (8)

Singapore Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

DriverTeamPit stop timeGapOn lap
1Sergio PerezMcLaren28.70914
2Sebastian VettelRed Bull28.7870.07817
3Mark WebberRed Bull28.9090.20040
4Sebastian VettelRed Bull28.9340.22544
5Mark WebberRed Bull29.0310.32213
6Lewis HamiltonMercedes29.0320.32315
7Felipe MassaFerrari29.0400.33112
8Felipe MassaFerrari29.1360.42725
9Fernando AlonsoFerrari29.1760.46725
10Nico RosbergMercedes29.2120.50315
11Jenson ButtonMcLaren29.2840.57513
12Esteban GutierrezSauber29.3640.65511
13Sergio PerezMcLaren29.3960.68725
14Jules BianchiMarussia29.4210.71240
15Fernando AlonsoFerrari29.4360.72714
16Kimi RaikkonenLotus29.4690.76010
17Jules BianchiMarussia29.5730.86410
18Felipe MassaFerrari29.5730.86442
19Nico RosbergMercedes29.6160.90741
20Paul di RestaForce India29.6670.95820
21Adrian SutilForce India29.6780.96912
22Max ChiltonMarussia29.6870.97841
23Romain GrosjeanLotus29.7020.99315
24Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso29.7361.02711
25Paul di RestaForce India29.7771.06842
26Jules BianchiMarussia29.8231.11423
27Nico HulkenbergSauber29.9101.20113
28Pastor MaldonadoWilliams29.9661.25716
29Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso29.9991.29039
30Jenson ButtonMcLaren30.0851.37625
31Lewis HamiltonMercedes30.0851.37643
32Giedo van der GardeCaterham30.1411.43242
33Giedo van der GardeCaterham30.1611.45213
34Adrian SutilForce India30.1661.45725
35Pastor MaldonadoWilliams30.1751.46641
36Nico HulkenbergSauber30.2531.54425
37Romain GrosjeanLotus30.2931.58425
38Pastor MaldonadoWilliams30.4441.73525
39Max ChiltonMarussia30.4971.78811
40Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso30.7142.00524
41Valtteri BottasWilliams30.7902.08124
42Max ChiltonMarussia31.1732.46424
43Adrian SutilForce India31.2302.52140
44Charles PicCaterham31.5462.83754
45Esteban GutierrezSauber31.7062.99725
46Valtteri BottasWilliams31.7923.08313
47Charles PicCaterham31.8413.13211
48Charles PicCaterham32.0083.29925
49Daniel RicciardoToro Rosso32.0973.38815
50Jules BianchiMarussia32.2433.53411
51Kimi RaikkonenLotus33.0134.30425
52Valtteri BottasWilliams33.8365.12742
53Giedo van der GardeCaterham37.7008.99126
54Romain GrosjeanLotus73.00944.30033

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4 comments on “2013 Singapore GP tyre strategies and pit stops”

  1. 1 Sergio Perez McLaren 28.709
    2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 28.787
    3 Mark Webber Red Bull 28.909
    4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 28.934
    5 Mark Webber Red Bull 29.031

    Giving no one a chance… ! What a team… !

  2. Very strange strategy with Massa. He stopped during the safety car period and he put the super softs, of course he had to make another stop. I don’t understand what Ferrari was trying to do. Still, good job to get P6 with three stop.

    1. Agreed. My only thought is Ferrari didn’t want him finishing higher than Alonso. In effect, taking points from him as he battles Vettel for the WDC.

      1. didn’t want him finishing higher than Alonso

        As much as I love FM, I dont think anyone really considered that a danger

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