Alternate strategy and fast stops earn Red Bull points

2015 Italian Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

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With a swathe of power unit penalties sending both RB11s to the rear of the grid at Monza, Red Bull had to get creative to get both their drivers into the points.

With strategic options very limited at Monza where a one-stop strategy is the norm, Red Bull had little choice other than to run the opposite to everyone else by starting both their drivers on the medium compound tyre.

Daniel Ricciardo was the last of the drivers to make his first pit stop – staying out until lap 30 by which time he’d risen from the back row to seventh place.

The other RB11 of Daniil Kvyat had already pitted three laps earlier and been treated to the fastest stop of the race by the Red Bull pit crew. Ricciardo’s visit to the pits took 0.375s longer, but was still quick than any other team managed.

He came back out in tenth and gained one place thanks to Nico Rosberg’s retirement. On the last lap Ricciardo took advantage of Marcus Ericsson, who’d been stuck behind the struggling Nico Hulkenberg for several laps, and passed the Sauber driver for eighth.

“It was sweet,” said Ricciard afterwards. “I am very happy with the chassis, the car was handling really well, and we were able to fight with a Ferrari and a Mercedes-powered car on a track where we lost out a lot on the straights.”

2015 Italian Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3
Lewis Hamilton Soft (26) Medium (27)
Sebastian Vettel Soft (25) Medium (28)
Felipe Massa Soft (19) Medium (34)
Valtteri Bottas Soft (22) Medium (31)
Kimi Raikkonen Soft (28) Medium (25)
Sergio Perez Soft (23) Medium (30)
Nico Hulkenberg Soft (18) Medium (34)
Daniel Ricciardo Medium (30) Soft (22)
Marcus Ericsson Soft (20) Medium (32)
Daniil Kvyat Medium (27) Soft (25)
Carlos Sainz Jnr Medium (10) Soft (20) Soft (22)
Max Verstappen Soft (19) Medium (14) Soft (19)
Felipe Nasr Soft (1) Medium (23) Medium (28)
Jenson Button Soft (25) Medium (27)
Will Stevens Soft (26) Medium (25)
Roberto Merhi Soft (27) Medium (24)
Nico Rosberg Soft (18) Medium (32)
Fernando Alonso Medium (28) Soft (19)
Romain Grosjean Soft (1)
Pastor Maldonado Soft (1)

2015 Italian Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

Driver Team Pit stop time Gap On lap
1 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 23.884 27
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 24.259 0.375 30
3 Sergio Perez Force India 24.281 0.397 23
4 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 24.286 0.402 18
5 Jenson Button McLaren 24.310 0.426 25
6 Fernando Alonso McLaren 24.330 0.446 28
7 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 24.340 0.456 25
8 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 24.368 0.484 26
9 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 24.442 0.558 28
10 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 24.657 0.773 18
11 Carlos Sainz Jnr Toro Rosso 24.736 0.852 30
12 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 24.842 0.958 20
13 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 24.938 1.054 33
14 Felipe Massa Williams 25.207 1.323 19
15 Felipe Nasr Sauber 25.282 1.398 24
16 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 25.318 1.434 19
17 Valtteri Bottas Williams 25.536 1.652 22
18 Felipe Nasr Sauber 25.761 1.877 1
19 Roberto Merhi Manor 26.435 2.551 27
20 Will Stevens Manor 29.382 5.498 26
21 Carlos Sainz Jnr Toro Rosso 30.358 6.474 10

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5 comments on “Alternate strategy and fast stops earn Red Bull points”

  1. I didn’t do the math but I was expecting Ferrari to put kimi on a two stop and try to blaze up behind the pack just as they were taking their one stop and then gap them before his second stop. He was going to burn up his tires trying to pass people in the first stint anyway.

    1. i don’t think the performance difference would have been enough to warrant the extra (very long) pit stop. i’m glad this was a highlights race for the bbc; i don’t think i would have stayed awake throughout the live one.

      1. oh dear, pretty much sums up the sorry state of F1 when comments like that are made about Monza!!! Oh, and you’re not wrong. It only got exciting those few last laps and the subsequent 2-3 hours or so due to the type pressure fiasco. That’s one good thing about Sky’s F1 coverage, they can carry on after the race cos they’ve got sod all else to put on the channel…

    2. Maybe at a different track, but pit stops at Monza under a green flag are way too costly.

  2. ColdFly F1 (@)
    7th September 2015, 10:42

    TR tried that, but it did not really work. Their speed seemed OK for some points, but they could’t bridge the time lost during the extra stop (plus drive-through for VES). @dmw

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