For the second year in a row the early leader of the Monaco Grand Prix lost their chance for victory in the pits.
While 12 months ago Lewis Hamilton made an unnecessary visit to the pits during a Safety Car period, this time Red Bull weren’t ready in time to get Daniel Ricciardo back on track in the lead.
The RB12 sat in the pit box for an agonising ten seconds while the mechanics hurried to get super-soft tyres on Ricciardo’s car. He rejoined the track just asHamilton was passing by.
The Mercedes driver avenged his lost win of last year, but it was a cruel outcome for Ricciardo.
2016 Monaco Grand Prix tyre strategies
The tyre strategies for each driver:
|Stint 1||Stint 2||Stint 3||Stint 4||Stint 5|
|Lewis Hamilton||Wet (31)||Ultra soft (47)|
|Daniel Ricciardo||Wet (23)||Intermediate (9)||Super soft (46)|
|Sergio Perez||Wet (21)||Intermediate (9)||Soft (48)|
|Sebastian Vettel||Wet (13)||Intermediate (18)||Soft (47)|
|Fernando Alonso||Wet (14)||Intermediate (18)||Super soft (46)|
|Nico Hulkenberg||Wet (15)||Intermediate (16)||Soft (47)|
|Nico Rosberg||Wet (20)||Intermediate (11)||Ultra soft (47)|
|Carlos Sainz Jnr||Wet (21)||Intermediate (10)||Super soft (46)|
|Jenson Button||Wet (8)||Intermediate (22)||Super soft (47)|
|Felipe Massa||Wet (20)||Intermediate (12)||Super soft (45)|
|Valtteri Bottas||Wet (15)||Intermediate (15)||Super soft (19)||Ultra soft (28)|
|Esteban Gutierrez||Wet (16)||Intermediate (16)||Ultra soft (45)|
|Pascal Wehrlein||Wet (31)||Ultra soft (45)|
|Romain Grosjean||Wet (15)||Intermediate (15)||Ultra soft (46)|
|Rio Haryanto||Wet (11)||Intermediate (23)||Ultra soft (13)||Ultra soft (27)|
|Marcus Ericsson||Wet (11)||Intermediate (18)||Ultra soft (20)||Ultra soft (2)|
|Felipe Nasr||Wet (8)||Intermediate (24)||Ultra soft (16)|
|Max Verstappen||Wet (12)||Intermediate (19)||Soft (3)|
|Kevin Magnussen||Wet (7)||Intermediate (14)||Intermediate (8)||Super soft (3)|
|Daniil Kvyat||Wet (7)||Intermediate (11)|
|Kimi Raikkonen||Wet (10)|
|Jolyon Palmer||Wet (7)|
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2016 Monaco Grand Prix pit stop times
How long each driver’s pit stops took:
|Driver||Team||Pit stop time||Gap||On lap|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||25.054||0.381||23|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India||25.215||0.542||15|
|9||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||25.459||0.786||31|
|14||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||25.604||0.931||12|
|15||Sergio Perez||Force India||25.608||0.935||30|
|16||Sergio Perez||Force India||25.714||1.041||21|
|26||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India||27.064||2.391||31|
|33||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||27.698||3.025||7|
|34||Carlos Sainz Jnr||Toro Rosso||27.738||3.065||21|
|35||Carlos Sainz Jnr||Toro Rosso||28.112||3.439||31|
|41||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||35.327||10.654||32|
2016 Monaco Grand Prix
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9 comments on “2016 Monaco Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops”
30th May 2016, 11:47
Red Bull are (deservedly) getting a lot of stick for their pitstop balls-up with Ricciardo. I think that a lot of people are overlooking the fact that these things do happen from time to time and always have (across all teams), preferring to come up with ridiculous conspiracy theories involving Red Bull deliberately mucking up Dan’s race.
I’m sure Red Bull will investigate and try to reduce the risk of it happening again, but in all likelihood there is probably some very specific reason why it happened which might never crop up again. More concerning for me is that Mercedes did three pitstops which were all very poor (though not as costly as RB’s). It was quite clear on TV and from the times above that Mercedes stops were not up to scratch – Rosberg’s switch from inters to slicks cost him 3 seconds relative to Bottas. Had it been a dry race with Rosberg nipping into the lead at the start it’s likely that Red Bull could have won the race through poor stops by Mercedes – and with three out of three Merc stops being poor it looks like an issue much more likely to affect Merc’s races in future.
30th May 2016, 12:00
I also noticed that @jerseyf1; rather being safe than sorry with pitstops is one thing, but all three of their pitstops were in the bottom half of the table. And with Rosberg dropping behind Alonso and Vettel in the pitstops, it could have cost him 3 places (he probably wouldn’t have spent the rest of the race stuck behind somebody so much, even if still a bit slow).
31st May 2016, 6:43
I noticed that. Also, looking at the lap charts, Rosberg went from being 3.5s ahead of Vettel, in 3rd, the lap before, to 6th after his stop. Vettel took him in the pits, while Perez and Alonso zippered in between them.. Only saw this happen in a quick replay at the end of the race. Rosberg should’ve finished 3rd!
F1 in Figures (@f1infigures)
30th May 2016, 13:01
Why are the Toro Rosso pitstops so slow? Their stops are consistently 3 seconds slower than what they should be. Sainz was ahead of Pérez before the first stops and they pitted together, but while Pérez finished 3rd, Sainz only finished 8th. That’s hugely disappointing.
30th May 2016, 16:27
@f1infigures yeah Sainz was ahead of Perez on lap 20, then he was behind on lap 21 and fell to P7 on lap 22. What happened there? Did Perez overtake Sainz or did the pitstops cost Sainz a shot at the podium?
F1 in Figures (@f1infigures)
31st May 2016, 7:49
He was a second or so ahead of Pérez before the stops and maybe 3 seconds behind after the stop, while he lost over 2 seconds with the stop itself. Vettel and Hülkenberg then got between Pérez and him, which cost him even more time.
“Honestly there were a lot more points on the table for us,” said Sainz. “But every time we did a pitstop we exit two places behind, so not happy at all.
“Perez showed that [we could have done much better], he was behind us before the first pitstop and he ended up third, and we ended up eighth. It’s not good enough.”
31st May 2016, 14:10
@f1infigures So Perez didn’t overtake Sainz on track? Wow, then Sainz should have been on the podium. That’s insane… In my book much worse than what happened to Ricciardo and surprisingly not mention by anyone but you.
That was a carreer altering opportunity for Sainz wasted by his team…
F1 in Figures (@f1infigures)
31st May 2016, 15:50
Yes, the order in the top 8 was largely decided by quick and slow pitstops. Apart from Ricciardo, Rosberg and Sainz lost vital positions and were relegated to the Alonso train.
1st June 2016, 7:11
Massa turned out to be the ultimate party pooper for a lot of driversm Not sure why the setup was so jacked up. i guess rain isn’t Wil is strong at.
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