2014 Canadian Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

2014 Canadian Grand Prix

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While most drivers had to stop twice for tyres during the Canadian Grand Prix, Force India put themselves in contention using one-stop strategies for both cars.

Although both their drivers qualified outside the top ten, by lap 17 they were running third and fourth behind the Mercedes as their rivals pitted early.

The team split strategies between their drivers, starting Nico Hulkenberg on the soft tyres and Sergio Perez on the super-soft.

Perez rose to second in the closing laps but was unable to attack Nico Rosberg for the lead and was passed by the Red Bulls. He ended up crashing out on the final lap as Felipe Massa tried to overtake him for fourth place.

Hulkenberg, meanwhile, brought his car home fifth, the only driver to finish the race after a single pit stop. It might have been better had the early Safety Car period not allowed his rivals to extend their stints on super-soft tyres at the start.

“Being on a different strategy from everyone else meant I always had someone pushing close behind me,” said Hulkenberg, “It was fun, but also very challenging, especially towards the end of the race as I had quite a long stint on the super-soft tyres.”

“Stopping only once I had a bigger challenge managing the tyres compared to the two-stoppers, but I think we got the right reward for it. I think it was the fastest strategy for us today and to be the only two cars to manage a one-stopper is definitely a positive.”

Canadian Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1Stint 2Stint 3Stint 4
Daniel RicciardoSuper soft (13)Soft (24)Soft (33)
Nico RosbergSuper soft (18)Soft (26)Soft (26)
Sebastian VettelSuper soft (15)Soft (21)Soft (34)
Jenson ButtonSuper soft (14)Soft (24)Soft (32)
Nico HulkenbergSoft (41)Super soft (29)
Fernando AlonsoSuper soft (16)Soft (28)Soft (26)
Valtteri BottasSuper soft (14)Soft (21)Soft (35)
Jean-Eric VergneSuper soft (15)Soft (24)Soft (31)
Kevin MagnussenSuper soft (15)Soft (30)Soft (25)
Kimi RaikkonenSuper soft (17)Soft (22)Soft (31)
Sergio PerezSuper soft (34)Soft (35)
Felipe MassaSuper soft (15)Soft (33)Soft (21)
Adrian SutilSuper soft (15)Soft (25)Soft (29)
Esteban GutierrezSoft (1)Super soft (1)Soft (30)Soft (32)
Romain GrosjeanSuper soft (11)Soft (35)Soft (13)
Daniil KvyatSoft (29)Super soft (17)Soft (1)
Lewis HamiltonSuper soft (19)Soft (26)Soft (1)
Kamui KobayashiSuper soft (23)
Pastor MaldonadoSoft (21)
Marcus EricssonSoft (7)
Jules BianchiSoft
Max ChiltonSoft

Canadian Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

DriverTeamPit stop timeGapOn lap
1Daniel RicciardoRed Bull23.27437
2Sebastian VettelRed Bull23.3400.06636
3Valtteri BottasWilliams23.4480.17414
4Kevin MagnussenMcLaren23.4790.20515
5Jenson ButtonMcLaren23.4930.21914
6Lewis HamiltonMercedes23.5540.28045
7Daniel RicciardoRed Bull23.6060.33213
8Adrian SutilSauber23.7030.42915
9Fernando AlonsoFerrari23.7900.51644
10Romain GrosjeanLotus23.8560.58246
11Nico RosbergMercedes23.8820.60818
12Nico HulkenbergForce India23.9020.62841
13Sebastian VettelRed Bull23.9040.63015
14Sergio PerezForce India23.9070.63334
15Kevin MagnussenMcLaren23.9070.63345
16Kimi RaikkonenFerrari23.9250.65117
17Fernando AlonsoFerrari23.9320.65816
18Romain GrosjeanLotus23.9430.66911
19Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso23.9750.70139
20Felipe MassaWilliams24.0120.73848
21Adrian SutilSauber24.0680.79440
22Kimi RaikkonenFerrari24.2210.94739
23Esteban GutierrezSauber24.3701.0961
24Esteban GutierrezSauber24.4031.12932
25Lewis HamiltonMercedes24.4171.14319
26Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso24.4331.15915
27Valtteri BottasWilliams24.4911.21735
28Esteban GutierrezSauber24.7681.4942
29Jenson ButtonMcLaren25.0501.77638
30Nico RosbergMercedes25.1021.82844
31Daniil KvyatToro Rosso25.2351.96129
32Daniil KvyatToro Rosso25.6982.42446
33Felipe MassaWilliams27.9494.67515

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9 comments on “2014 Canadian Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops”

  1. Well thank goodness none of the teams were grossly handicapped with tyre problems, a big improvement from Pirelli allowing the race to flow more naturally than the last few years. I found it interesting that none of the two-stoppers went to the supersofts for the final stint, Massa particularly, I suppose track temperature was to high for them, something for Pirelli to work on for next year.

    1. I think massa had no new super soft tyres left with him for taking in the last stint. That is why he couldn’t take them. Otherwise it was definitely a worthy gamble to try and stay for another 4-5 laps and rush to finish on super sofys in the last 16-17 laps as Williams was very fast on supersofts during qualifying and practice.

      1. What happened to the extra set for Q3 cars.

  2. There were only 33 pit stops this race? Anyway, I noticed that Mercedes’ pit stops are a bit rubbish lately. Lewis had two slow stops in Spain, and now Nico had another in Canada.

    1. Less pit stops, better races.

    2. OmarR-Pepper (@)
      9th June 2014, 16:20

      @adrianmorse they can take the chance of working slowly on the pits, because their cars are 30 seconds ahead anyway. Unless they start with their MGUK problems again (by the way what does MGUK mean? Is it a new Korean singer?)

      1. Motor generator unit.

  3. Why did Bottas stop so early for the second time? That was probably the worst timing possible, as it placed him right in traffic.

  4. keith,

    is there a story to be written on red bull strategy costing vettel the opportunity to win?

    ric took advantage of his opportunities – so credit where credit is due – but imagine red bull had allowed a driver from another team to push past vettel from three positions back w/o any overtaking (the position shuffles where all due to pitting if i remember well.)

    did red bull make a mistake (from vettel’s perspective)? or did they simply not have any good options to avoid being trapped behind the force india? did ric actually beat vettel on the track as horner suggested (since their pit times were near identical) or should red bull have anticpated that they were offering ric an open goal by allowing him a clean lap while vettel would have a slower lap due traffic/tyres?

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