Raikkonen and Ericsson slip up in the rain

2015 British Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

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When the rain arrived at the British Grand Prix most drivers managed to resist the temptation to switch to intermediate tyres – but some headed to the pits too soon.

Among those who made an early change to intermediates were the two Manor drivers and Fernando Alonso – the latter stuck with his until the end of the race.

But the two drivers who lost the most from their early changes were Kimi Raikkonen and Marcus Ericsson, who headed back into the pits for further tyres later on.

Raikkonen pitted after being overtaken by team mate Sebastian Vettel on lap 39. The track then dried, and by the time the rain returned Raikkonen’s tyres were so worn he needed to come in for another set of intermediates.

But it was even worse for Marcus Ericsson, who had just given up on his intermediate tyres and replaced them with slicks when the rain came back. That cost him a potential top ten finish – Alonso, clinging to his worn intermediates, claimed the final point.

2015 British Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1Stint 2Stint 3Stint 4Stint 5
Lewis HamiltonMedium (19)Hard (24)Intermediate (9)
Nico RosbergMedium (20)Hard (24)Intermediate (8)
Sebastian VettelMedium (14)Hard (29)Intermediate (9)
Felipe MassaMedium (20)Hard (24)Intermediate (8)
Valtteri BottasMedium (21)Hard (23)Intermediate (8)
Daniil KvyatMedium (18)Hard (26)Intermediate (8)
Nico HulkenbergMedium (19)Hard (25)Intermediate (8)
Kimi RaikkonenMedium (13)Hard (25)Intermediate (9)Intermediate (4)
Sergio PerezMedium (20)Hard (24)Intermediate (7)
Fernando AlonsoMedium (1)Hard (16)Medium (20)Intermediate (14)
Marcus EricssonMedium (23)Hard (14)Intermediate (4)Medium (1)Intermediate (9)
Roberto MerhiMedium (36)Intermediate (8)Intermediate (5)
Will StevensMedium (36)Intermediate (9)Intermediate (4)
Carlos Sainz JnrMedium (12)Hard (19)
Daniel RicciardoMedium (11)Hard (9)Hard (1)
Max VerstappenHard (3)

2015 British Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

DriverTeamPit stop timeGapOn lap
1Daniil KvyatRed Bull28.34718
2Nico RosbergMercedes28.3930.04620
3Lewis HamiltonMercedes28.4170.07019
4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull28.4640.11711
5Nico HulkenbergForce India28.5580.21119
6Fernando AlonsoMcLaren28.7030.35617
7Valtteri BottasWilliams28.7810.43421
8Sergio PerezForce India28.8600.51320
9Sebastian VettelFerrari28.9460.59914
10Kimi RaikkonenFerrari28.9740.62713
11Lewis HamiltonMercedes28.9790.63243
12Felipe MassaWilliams29.3691.02220
13Carlos Sainz JnrToro Rosso29.3931.04612
14Marcus EricssonSauber29.5981.25123
15Sebastian VettelFerrari29.6761.32943
16Marcus EricssonSauber29.8281.48141
17Kimi RaikkonenFerrari30.1781.83147
18Marcus EricssonSauber30.1971.85042
19Nico RosbergMercedes30.3932.04644
20Kimi RaikkonenFerrari30.3972.05038
21Roberto MerhiManor30.6862.33944
22Marcus EricssonSauber30.8672.52037
23Valtteri BottasWilliams31.9373.59044
24Felipe MassaWilliams31.9483.60144
25Sergio PerezForce India31.9983.65144
26Fernando AlonsoMcLaren32.5934.24637
27Nico HulkenbergForce India33.8915.54444
28Daniil KvyatRed Bull33.9795.63244
29Roberto MerhiManor34.6726.32536
30Daniel RicciardoRed Bull43.24014.89320
31Will StevensManor43.96415.61745
32Will StevensManor48.86120.51436
33Fernando AlonsoMcLaren71.17842.8311

NB. A complete list of stationary times for each driver is not available.

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4 comments on “Raikkonen and Ericsson slip up in the rain”

  1. Raikkonen also had a spin at one point:

  2. it’s so frustrating to be a sauber fan when they make such silly mistakes.

  3. If Kimi had 3 races to impress Ferrari to sign him for another 2 years, he failed miserably.

  4. yep, sadly he can’t catch a break!

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