Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, 2016

2016 Mexican Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

2016 Mexican Grand Prix

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For the second year in a row a one-stop strategy was clearly the way to go in Mexico. Even drivers who started the race on super-soft tyres, like Max Verstappen, were able to complete the race by switching to the medium compound.

Start Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, 2016
2016 Mexican Grand Prix in pictures
Predictions the super-soft tyres would fade within half-a-dozen laps proved to be well wide of the mark. Valtteri Bottas kept his tyres alive for 19 laps.

Sebastian Vettel also ran a long opening stint albeit on the soft tyres, almost reaching half-distance before pitting.

Those who pitted early had to make passes on the track, including Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen. But for some, like Sergio Perez, the straight-line speed of their rivals proved too much to overcome.

Lewis Hamilton enjoyed the fastest complete pit stop of the race when he made his single visit to the pits.

2016 Mexican Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1Stint 2Stint 3
Lewis HamiltonSoft (17)Medium (54)
Nico RosbergSoft (20)Medium (51)
Max VerstappenSuper soft (12)Medium (59)
Sebastian VettelSoft (32)Medium (39)
Daniel RicciardoSuper soft (1)Medium (49)Soft (21)
Kimi RaikkonenSoft (20)Medium (25)Medium (26)
Nico HulkenbergSuper soft (14)Medium (57)
Valtteri BottasSuper soft (19)Medium (52)
Felipe MassaSuper soft (14)Medium (57)
Sergio PerezSoft (20)Medium (51)
Marcus EricssonSoft (1)Medium (69)
Jenson ButtonSoft (17)Medium (53)
Fernando AlonsoSoft (16)Medium (29)Soft (25)
Jolyon PalmerSuper soft (1)Medium (69)
Carlos Sainz JnrSuper soft (12)Medium (58)
Felipe NasrMedium (49)Super soft (21)
Daniil KvyatSoft (13)Soft (34)Super soft (23)
Kevin MagnussenSoft (12)Medium (39)Super soft (19)
Esteban GutierrezSoft (12)Medium (36)Soft (22)
Romain GrosjeanSoft (11)Medium (39)Soft (20)
Esteban OconSoft (15)Medium (54)
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2016 Mexican Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

DriverTeamPit stop timeGapOn lap
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes21.70917
2Max VerstappenRed Bull21.7750.06612
3Felipe MassaWilliams21.8630.15414
4Nico RosbergMercedes21.9970.28820
5Sebastian VettelFerrari22.0350.32632
6Daniel RicciardoRed Bull22.0870.3781
7Nico HulkenbergForce India22.1340.42514
8Sergio PerezForce India22.2130.50420
9Kevin MagnussenRenault22.2710.56212
10Kevin MagnussenRenault22.3840.67551
11Valtteri BottasWilliams22.3960.68719
12Kimi RaikkonenFerrari22.3980.68920
13Jenson ButtonMcLaren22.4380.72917
14Daniel RicciardoRed Bull22.4430.73450
15Fernando AlonsoMcLaren22.4610.75216
16Daniil KvyatToro Rosso22.6650.95613
17Carlos Sainz JnrToro Rosso22.7471.03812
18Daniil KvyatToro Rosso22.8651.15647
19Romain GrosjeanHaas22.9571.24811
20Kimi RaikkonenFerrari22.9741.26545
21Esteban GutierrezHaas23.1101.40148
22Felipe NasrSauber23.5401.83149
23Romain GrosjeanHaas23.6781.96950
24Esteban OconManor23.8662.15715
25Jolyon PalmerRenault23.8972.1881
26Fernando AlonsoMcLaren25.1713.46245
27Esteban GutierrezHaas25.1983.48912
28Marcus EricssonSauber32.60810.8991

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7 comments on “2016 Mexican Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops”

  1. Titbit – Ricciardo and Magnussen were the only two drivers who used all 3 compounds of tyre in the race.

  2. One-stopper is the way to go, so what does Ferrari do? Pit Kimi twice. Classic. In the end, it probably made no difference, but still…

  3. Ben Rowe (@thegianthogweed)
    31st October 2016, 8:29

    I may be wrong, but didn’t the actual pit stop times used to be shown after each race? It is usually Williams that do best there. But it would be nice to see the fastest pit stop time as well as overall time.

  4. @thegianthogweed – stopped times for the top 5 are shown here: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CwDS0YfVYAAlIfr.jpg

    Its interesting to note that Verstappen had the 2nd fastest pit lane time, but doesn’t even figure in the top 5 “stopped” times. He must have really been on the speed limiter! (Either that, or the quickest getaway!)

    1. @phylyp
      Karun Chandhok mentioned on channel 4 that is really helps drivers pull out of the pits if they use a load of wheel spin pulling out earlier in the weekend. This is so it sort of adds the rubber to the surface and makes it far less slippery. Maybe Red bull did more of this earlier in the weekend.

      And yes, I did think it would be a Williams at the top. They have done so well this year with there stops. A massive improvement over last year.

  5. Is Vettel doing his own strategy now?

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