Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Hockenheimring, 2016

2016 German Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

2016 German Grand Prix

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On a day when everything seemed to go right for Lewis Hamilton, even his pit stops were close to un-improvable.

Only once during the entire race did any of his rivals enjoy a pit stop which was quicker than one of the three Hamilton made.

Sergio Perez, Force India, Hockenheimring, 2016
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Team mate Nico Rosberg, however, lost even more time than he should have when he had to serve a five-second penalty during his third pit stop. A problem with a stopwatch meant he lost around an extra four seconds on top of the penalty time.

Rosberg had gone to the super-soft tyres early in a bid to jump the Red Bulls but the penalty for his altercation with Max Verstappen put paid to that. Red Bull used three sets of super-soft tyres compared to Mercedes’ two, but concerns the rubber would drop off in the closing stages proved unfounded.

Three-stop strategies were the way to go for most teams. Valtteri Bottas attempted a two-stopper but his tyres had clearly gone off at the end.

Esteban Gutierrez enjoyed more luck with his two-stop strategy having been the only driver to start the race on the soft tyres, but once again he ended up one place short of a points finish.

2016 German Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1Stint 2Stint 3Stint 4
Lewis HamiltonSuper soft (14)Soft (20)Super soft (13)Soft (20)
Daniel RicciardoSuper soft (12)Soft (21)Super soft (13)Super soft (21)
Max VerstappenSuper soft (11)Super soft (17)Soft (17)Super soft (22)
Nico RosbergSuper soft (11)Super soft (16)Soft (17)Soft (23)
Sebastian VettelSuper soft (13)Soft (18)Super soft (15)Soft (21)
Kimi RaikkonenSuper soft (14)Soft (18)Super soft (15)Soft (20)
Nico HulkenbergSuper soft (12)Soft (20)Super soft (12)Soft (23)
Jenson ButtonSuper soft (13)Soft (18)Super soft (15)Super soft (20)
Valtteri BottasSuper soft (12)Soft (21)Soft (33)
Sergio PerezSuper soft (8)Soft (19)Super soft (16)Soft (23)
Esteban GutierrezSoft (25)Super soft (22)Super soft (19)
Fernando AlonsoSuper soft (14)Soft (14)Super soft (19)Super soft (19)
Romain GrosjeanSuper soft (17)Soft (26)Super soft (23)
Carlos Sainz JnrSuper soft (9)Super soft (20)Soft (22)Super soft (15)
Daniil KvyatSuper soft (7)Soft (21)Super soft (21)Super soft (17)
Kevin MagnussenSuper soft (11)Super soft (21)Soft (34)
Pascal WehrleinSuper soft (12)Super soft (14)Soft (20)Soft (19)
Marcus EricssonSuper soft (16)Super soft (17)Soft (32)
Jolyon PalmerSuper soft (2)Soft (23)Super soft (20)Super soft (20)
Rio HaryantoSuper soft (13)Soft (19)Super soft (17)Super soft (16)
Felipe NasrSuper soft (7)Super soft (12)Soft (23)Soft (15)
Felipe MassaSuper soft (9)Soft (17)Soft (10)

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2016 German Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

DriverTeamPit stop timeGapOn lap
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes18.47547
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes18.5040.02934
3Felipe MassaWilliams18.5900.1159
4Lewis HamiltonMercedes18.6500.17514
5Daniel RicciardoRed Bull18.7380.26333
6Valtteri BottasWilliams18.7960.32112
7Nico RosbergMercedes18.9360.46127
8Daniel RicciardoRed Bull18.9640.48912
9Max VerstappenRed Bull18.9670.49245
10Daniel RicciardoRed Bull18.9790.50446
11Sebastian VettelFerrari19.0000.52546
12Max VerstappenRed Bull19.0170.54211
13Kevin MagnussenRenault19.0340.55911
14Jenson ButtonMcLaren19.1240.64931
15Fernando AlonsoMcLaren19.1270.65247
16Max VerstappenRed Bull19.1370.66228
17Kimi RaikkonenFerrari19.1420.66732
18Nico HulkenbergForce India19.1440.66932
19Kevin MagnussenRenault19.1590.68432
20Valtteri BottasWilliams19.1830.70833
21Sergio PerezForce India19.2230.74827
22Sebastian VettelFerrari19.2300.75513
23Sergio PerezForce India19.2330.7588
24Fernando AlonsoMcLaren19.2580.78314
25Daniil KvyatToro Rosso19.2640.78949
26Jenson ButtonMcLaren19.2680.79346
27Jolyon PalmerRenault19.2980.8232
28Marcus EricssonSauber19.3180.84333
29Esteban GutierrezHaas19.3260.85147
30Sergio PerezForce India19.3790.90443
31Jenson ButtonMcLaren19.4270.95213
32Fernando AlonsoMcLaren19.4400.96528
33Sebastian VettelFerrari19.4720.99731
34Kimi RaikkonenFerrari19.5251.05047
35Carlos Sainz JnrToro Rosso19.5471.07251
36Nico HulkenbergForce India19.6081.13312
37Pascal WehrleinManor19.6261.15126
38Pascal WehrleinManor19.6581.18346
39Nico RosbergMercedes19.6931.21811
40Jolyon PalmerRenault19.7251.25045
41Carlos Sainz JnrToro Rosso19.7471.27229
42Felipe NasrSauber19.7551.28042
43Pascal WehrleinManor19.8131.33812
44Romain GrosjeanHaas19.8631.38843
45Nico HulkenbergForce India19.9071.43244
46Felipe NasrSauber19.9441.46919
47Esteban GutierrezHaas20.0991.62425
48Marcus EricssonSauber20.1481.67316
49Daniil KvyatToro Rosso20.2271.75228
50Romain GrosjeanHaas20.3011.82617
51Rio HaryantoManor20.9192.44432
52Rio HaryantoManor21.1862.71149
53Kimi RaikkonenFerrari22.3933.91814
54Carlos Sainz JnrToro Rosso22.7514.2769
55Daniil KvyatToro Rosso23.2434.7687
56Jolyon PalmerRenault26.6888.21325
57Nico RosbergMercedes28.3649.88944
58Felipe NasrSauber29.86511.3907
59Rio HaryantoManor31.31712.84213
60Felipe MassaWilliams36.39517.92026

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10 comments on “2016 German Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops”

  1. ColdFly F1 (@)
    31st July 2016, 17:08

    Rosberg lost 11sec vs Hamilton in the pit.
    5 of those are his own fault; 6 of those cost him 6 WDC points!

    1. Not really sure about the 6 because he was nowhere in last stint while the bulls suddenly using their wings and even then Hamilton still toying with them.

  2. Why did Mercedes put Rosberg for his last stop so early? They could have extended the stint to put him on SS for the last stint to have a better chance of catching the RBRs!

    1. No more fresh SS left and probably trying to force undercut to minimize the penalty damage. The extra idle time is not in their plan though, and in hindsight Soft proved to be better than SS.

  3. Williams once again botched the strategy. Even if the two stop strategy would’ve worked, it was still an unnecessary risk. Bottas should’ve pitted for the third time when Hulkenberg did. Bottas would’ve kept the track position over Hulkenberg and thus it would’ve been a likely 7th position for Williams.

    It often seems like Williams is focusing only on their own race when they should be watching their rivals also and reacting quickly when their closest rivals make a move.

    1. I think the vast majority of drivers started with a 2-stopper as “plan A”. When it became clear that several drivers were pushing hard, with little tyre conservation, everyone was forced towards a 3-stopper. Those who gambled on staying on a 2-stopper probably regretted it afterwards.

      With regards to Williams, Hulkenberg had undercut Bottas at the second stop and was ahead anyway. Bottas wouldn’t have had track position had he taken a 3rd tyre change.

  4. I think Mercedes pit crew is actually their weakest link atm. The trend is when they in comfortable position with healthy gap to behind, they can service the cars consistently fast. However when they actually need to race with others, their service time dropped a lot. And this is the same for Hamilton and Rosberg time, Hamilton generally has slower average stop than Rosberg in early season where Rosberg in front and Hamilton racing with others.

  5. Strange how Verstappen complained of both Soft and SS rubbers. They looked good on Ricciardo’s car.

  6. Is Lewis’ aggressive entry into the pits all weekend partly the reason he has almost all the top times in terms of pit stops?

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