2013 United States GP tyre strategies and pit stops

2013 United States Grand Prix

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Red Bull performed a sub-two second pit stop for Mark Webber during the United States Grand Prix, giving him the fastest pit stop of the race.

The team said Webber’s car was stationary for 1.923 seconds, beating the previous best of 2.05 seconds they achieved at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

All the drivers started on the medium compound, apart from Jean-Eric Vergne, and most only made a single pit stop during the race. However some drivers who made their first pit stops early, such as Felipe Massa and Paul di Resta, found their lap times tailed off too soon in the final stint and had to make a second stop.

Here’s all the tyre strategy data from the race:

United States Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1Stint 2Stint 3
Sebastian VettelMedium (27)Hard (29)
Romain GrosjeanMedium (29)Hard (27)
Mark WebberMedium (28)Hard (28)
Lewis HamiltonMedium (25)Hard (31)
Fernando AlonsoMedium (26)Hard (30)
Nico HulkenbergMedium (27)Hard (29)
Sergio PerezMedium (22)Hard (34)
Valtteri BottasMedium (23)Hard (33)
Nico RosbergMedium (22)Hard (34)
Jenson ButtonMedium (20)Hard (36)
Daniel RicciardoMedium (22)Hard (34)
Felipe MassaMedium (21)Hard (17)Medium (18)
Esteban GutierrezMedium (1)Hard (35)Medium (20)
Heikki KovalainenMedium (17)Hard (14)Medium (25)
Paul di RestaMedium (22)Hard (27)Medium (7)
Jean-Eric VergneHard (27)Medium (29)
Pastor MaldonadoMedium (8)Hard (47)
Jules BianchiMedium (21)Hard (34)
Giedo van der GardeMedium (21)Hard (34)
Charles PicMedium (20)Hard (35)
Max ChiltonMedium (26)Hard (28)
Adrian SutilMedium

United States Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

DriverTeamPit stop timeGapOn lap
1Mark WebberRed Bull23.53728
2Nico RosbergMercedes23.8060.26922
3Sergio PerezMcLaren23.8080.27122
4Fernando AlonsoFerrari23.8170.28026
5Romain GrosjeanLotus23.8760.33929
6Lewis HamiltonMercedes23.9040.36725
7Felipe MassaFerrari23.9360.39921
8Nico HulkenbergSauber24.0300.49327
9Sebastian VettelRed Bull24.0860.54927
10Felipe MassaFerrari24.1160.57938
11Daniel RicciardoToro Rosso24.2260.68922
12Max ChiltonMarussia24.2930.75626
13Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso24.3810.84427
14Paul di RestaForce India24.4440.90722
15Jenson ButtonMcLaren24.5891.05220
16Esteban GutierrezSauber24.8591.3221
17Paul di RestaForce India24.9141.37749
18Valtteri BottasWilliams25.0141.47723
19Esteban GutierrezSauber25.0271.49036
20Giedo van der GardeCaterham25.2681.73121
21Heikki KovalainenLotus25.3231.78617
22Jules BianchiMarussia26.2052.66821
23Charles PicCaterham27.5684.03120
24Pastor MaldonadoWilliams32.7949.2578
25Heikki KovalainenLotus36.33312.79631

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8 comments on “2013 United States GP tyre strategies and pit stops”

  1. Not news, but amaizing how much Red Bull pushes themselves even at this stage. It’s not just the driver, or the designer, being the best in the world… 1.9 secs is just mindblowing when you think about it. Lift the car, unscrew the wheelnuts, take the old tyres off, put the new tyres in, fasten the wheelnuts again, and drop the car. It takes more to think about it than what it actually takes them !

    1. Tell me about it… it takes me like 40 minutes to chance a flap tyre of my car :(

      1. It does indeed… you might need 15 more people to help you with it

  2. Red Bull are breaking records one another, here and there.

  3. Looks like a 2 stopper really didn’t figure into the equations today.

  4. Did Maldonado do 8 laps and then do 48 laps on the hard tyre? Because as much as he’s been an **** lately, that’s huge!

  5. Anybody understand the strategy of Gutierrez pitting on lap 1 under the safety car? It makes no sense unless they thought they could go to the end, or they though most others would need two stops where they could do it in de facto one stop using the hard tyre twice.

    1. I think he had a puncture, but I’m not sure who caused it.

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