2016 Malaysian Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

2016 Malaysian Grand Prix

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Three Virtual Safety Car periods during the Malaysian Grand Prix meant some drivers got lucky with their strategies – while others were left to rue their misfortune.

The Force India drivers in particular were undone by Valtteri Bottas running a single-stop strategy after the Williams driver started outside the top ten on the medium compound tyres. Bottas was also aided by another rapid pit stop by the Williams crew.

“It was a solid race for us today, but I think we were a bit unlucky with the way the race unfolded,” said Pere.

“At the start, things looked very positive. I had a good launch, stuck to the inside line and was up to third after turn one. There were some very quick cars behind me and I knew there was no point in fighting too hard and destroying my tyres.”

“The key moment of my race was the first Virtual Safety Car, because it handed a big advantage to those who were able to start on the medium tyres, and dropped me down the order when I pitted.”

Another driver who managed to make a single-stop strategy work was Jolyon Palmer and he reaped the reward of his first points finish in F1.

2016 Malaysian Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

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2016 Malaysian Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3 Stint 4
Daniel Ricciardo Soft (21) Hard (20) Soft (15)
Max Verstappen Soft (9) Soft (18) Hard (14) Soft (15)
Nico Rosberg Soft (9) Hard (22) Hard (10) Soft (15)
Kimi Raikkonen Soft (20) Hard (12) Hard (8) Soft (16)
Valtteri Bottas Medium (29) Hard (27)
Sergio Perez Soft (9) Medium (23) Hard (24)
Fernando Alonso Soft (9) Hard (18) Soft (13) Soft (16)
Nico Hulkenberg Soft (9) Medium (19) Hard (12) Soft (16)
Jenson Button Soft (9) Hard (28) Soft (19)
Jolyon Palmer Hard (31) Soft (25)
Carlos Sainz Jnr Soft (20) Hard (17) Soft (19)
Marcus Ericsson Soft (21) Soft (16) Hard (18)
Felipe Massa Soft (1) Hard (5) Hard (25) Medium (24)
Daniil Kvyat Soft (1) Hard (28) Soft (11) Soft (15)
Pascal Wehrlein Soft (9) Hard (21) Hard (11) Soft (14)
Esteban Ocon Soft (12) Hard (19) Hard (24)
Felipe Nasr Medium (32) Hard (14)
Lewis Hamilton Soft (20) Hard (20)
Esteban Gutierrez Soft (1) Soft (21) Hard (17)
Kevin Magnussen Medium (1) Hard (16)
Romain Grosjean Soft (7)
Sebastian Vettel
Driver Team Pit stop time Gap On lap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 23.476 41
2 Felipe Massa Williams 23.528 0.052 1
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 23.689 0.213 20
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 23.750 0.274 9
5 Felipe Massa Williams 23.778 0.302 31
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams 23.828 0.352 29
7 Max Verstappen Red Bull 23.856 0.380 27
8 Fernando Alonso McLaren 23.920 0.444 40
9 Jolyon Palmer Renault 23.928 0.452 31
10 Max Verstappen Red Bull 23.935 0.459 9
11 Sergio Perez Force India 23.947 0.471 32
12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 24.012 0.536 28
13 Fernando Alonso McLaren 24.061 0.585 27
14 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 24.197 0.721 21
15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 24.338 0.862 29
16 Carlos Sainz Jnr Toro Rosso 24.400 0.924 20
17 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 24.408 0.932 41
18 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 24.412 0.936 32
19 Felipe Massa Williams 24.425 0.949 6
20 Carlos Sainz Jnr Toro Rosso 24.473 0.997 37
21 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 24.584 1.108 20
22 Jenson Button McLaren 24.645 1.169 37
23 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 24.661 1.185 31
24 Felipe Nasr Sauber 24.697 1.221 32
25 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 24.706 1.230 37
26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 24.718 1.242 40
27 Jenson Button McLaren 24.738 1.262 9
28 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 24.809 1.333 40
29 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 24.814 1.338 22
30 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 25.006 1.530 39
31 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 25.192 1.716 40
32 Fernando Alonso McLaren 25.195 1.719 9
33 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 25.201 1.725 41
34 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 25.272 1.796 21
35 Esteban Ocon Manor 25.368 1.892 12
36 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 25.820 2.344 9
37 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 26.156 2.680 30
38 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 26.609 3.133 9
39 Sergio Perez Force India 27.024 3.548 9
40 Max Verstappen Red Bull 28.274 4.798 41
41 Kevin Magnussen Renault 30.679 7.203 1
42 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 30.782 7.306 1
43 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 32.413 8.937 1
44 Esteban Ocon Manor 33.338 9.862 31

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1 comments on “2016 Malaysian Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops”

  1. Those pit stop times really do tell a story with Mercedes, Williams and Red Bull consistently being the quickest and Sauber, Haas and Manor the consistently slowest. The rest seem to have mixed quick and slow stops indiscriminately. If Ferrari and McLaren want to challenge Mercedes and Red Bull for podiums (let alone wins) next year, they cannot afford to give away up to a second every time they pit.

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