2016 Singapore Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

2016 Singapore Grand Prix

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The Singapore Grand Prix was one of the more varied we’ve seen this year in terms of tyre strategies, even among the front-runners.

Nico Rosberg stuck to his two-stop strategy to take the win despite pressure from those behind him who converted to three stops, led by Daniel Ricciardo.

Meanwhile Sebastian Vettel took advantage of his unused sets of ultra-soft tyres as he worked his way up from last to fifth place.

And Sergio Perez effectively did a one-stop race, getting rid of his ultra-softs on the first lap behind the Safety Car and doing two stints on softs to get to the end.

2016 Singapore Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1Stint 2Stint 3Stint 4Stint 5
Nico RosbergUltra soft (16)Soft (17)Soft (28)
Daniel RicciardoSuper soft (15)Super soft (17)Soft (15)Super soft (14)
Lewis HamiltonUltra soft (15)Soft (19)Soft (11)Super soft (16)
Kimi RaikkonenUltra soft (17)Super soft (16)Soft (13)Ultra soft (15)
Sebastian VettelSoft (24)Ultra soft (18)Ultra soft (19)
Max VerstappenSuper soft (13)Super soft (14)Super soft (17)Soft (17)
Fernando AlonsoUltra soft (14)Super soft (20)Soft (27)
Sergio PerezUltra soft (1)Soft (24)Soft (36)
Daniil KvyatUltra soft (15)Super soft (22)Super soft (24)
Kevin MagnussenUltra soft (17)Super soft (21)Super soft (23)
Esteban GutierrezUltra soft (18)Ultra soft (18)Soft (24)
Felipe MassaUltra soft (16)Super soft (12)Ultra soft (15)Ultra soft (17)
Felipe NasrSuper soft (17)Super soft (18)Soft (25)
Carlos Sainz JnrUltra soft (7)Super soft (20)Soft (21)Ultra soft (12)
Jolyon PalmerSuper soft (11)Super soft (23)Soft (26)
Pascal WehrleinUltra soft (18)Super soft (18)Ultra soft (24)
Marcus EricssonUltra soft (8)Super soft (17)Ultra soft (11)Soft (24)
Esteban OconUltra soft (19)Ultra soft (15)Super soft (11)Super soft (14)
Jenson ButtonUltra soft (1)Super soft (14)Ultra soft (12)Soft (16)
Valtteri BottasUltra soft (1)Soft (14)Super soft (15)Ultra soft (2)Ultra soft (3)

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2016 Singapore Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

DriverTeamPit stop timeGapOn lap
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes28.31545
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes28.4210.10634
3Valtteri BottasWilliams28.5450.23030
4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull28.6620.34747
5Felipe MassaWilliams28.6820.36716
6Sergio PerezForce India28.7420.42725
7Kevin MagnussenRenault28.7590.44417
8Valtteri BottasWilliams28.7800.46515
9Jolyon PalmerRenault28.8040.48934
10Max VerstappenRed Bull28.8150.50013
11Jolyon PalmerRenault28.8470.53211
12Max VerstappenRed Bull28.8540.53944
13Daniel RicciardoRed Bull28.8900.57515
14Daniel RicciardoRed Bull28.9210.60632
15Sebastian VettelFerrari28.9240.60924
16Max VerstappenRed Bull28.9480.63327
17Kimi RaikkonenFerrari28.9540.63946
18Nico RosbergMercedes28.9700.65533
19Jenson ButtonMcLaren28.9980.68315
20Jenson ButtonMcLaren29.0250.71027
21Kimi RaikkonenFerrari29.0410.72617
22Kimi RaikkonenFerrari29.1350.82033
23Lewis HamiltonMercedes29.1500.83515
24Daniil KvyatToro Rosso29.2050.89037
25Carlos Sainz JnrToro Rosso29.3201.00527
26Carlos Sainz JnrToro Rosso29.3771.06248
27Sebastian VettelFerrari29.3911.07642
28Fernando AlonsoMcLaren29.4011.08614
29Marcus EricssonSauber29.4681.15325
30Felipe NasrSauber29.5371.22235
31Felipe MassaWilliams29.5781.26328
32Marcus EricssonSauber29.6801.36536
33Marcus EricssonSauber29.7061.3918
34Kevin MagnussenRenault29.7541.43938
35Carlos Sainz JnrToro Rosso29.8461.5317
36Felipe MassaWilliams29.9031.58843
37Esteban GutierrezHaas30.1601.84536
38Felipe NasrSauber30.2971.98217
39Daniil KvyatToro Rosso30.3011.98615
40Esteban GutierrezHaas30.3071.99218
41Fernando AlonsoMcLaren30.3812.06634
42Pascal WehrleinManor30.4712.15636
43Pascal WehrleinManor30.5322.21718
44Nico RosbergMercedes30.5462.23116
45Esteban OconManor30.6142.29934
46Valtteri BottasWilliams32.7094.3941
47Sergio PerezForce India32.8214.5061
48Esteban OconManor42.36814.05345
49Jenson ButtonMcLaren42.81514.5001
50Valtteri BottasWilliams63.68035.36532
51Esteban OconManor104.38376.06819

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    5 comments on “2016 Singapore Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops”

    1. I was just wondering… could Mercedes have double stacked their cars? No right? Because if they would… Ric would have had it easy? But given… nico’s pace… he would have caught Ric in the end had he been in the same position as Ric? I was also thinking this…. because i would assume nico would have been put on supersofts and he had a better setup… though this would be a lot risky right?

    2. I don’t understand why Red Bull did not use the Ultra Soft tyres in the race. The strategic choice for SS on the start clearly did not pay off because they did not pit later than the other teams with Ultra Softs. Why not switch to ultra soft earlier or at least the last stint of the race? All the other teams used them and vettel even managed a two stop strategy on Ultra Softs and jumped from last to 5th.

    3. I have to say that the new tyre rules have been successful in creating variety. Why not allow all five compounds? Might be even better.

      There were 15 different strategies, and not a single one was used by more than two drivers. Only Rosberg/Perez (US/S/S), Palmer/Nasr (SS/SS/S), Raikkonen/Sainz (US/SS/S/US), Kvyat/Magnussen (US/SS/SS) and Button/Ericsson (US/SS/US/S) used the same strategies.

      1. +1

        I too like these new tyre rules.

    4. The race was/ became interesting due to the time. It allowed more differentiation in strategies. Is there a case for more 2 hour races of greater distance. Maybe one 2.5/ 3 hour race per season?!

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