Nico Hulkenberg, Renault, Sochi Autodrom, 2017

2017 Russian Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

2017 Russian Grand Prix

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Pirelli’s ultra-soft tyres proved remarkably durable at Sochi. Nico Hulkenberg managed to go 40 laps on his set.

As a result a one-stop strategy was the way to go for almost the entire field. The only drivers who pitted more than once were those who used the Safety Car period to get rid of their super-soft tyres, which allowed them to run on ultra-softs until the finish, and Felipe Massa.

The Williams driver pitted twice because he suffered two separate punctures. “The first one wasn’t too damaging because it came at a reasonable time for a one-stop strategy,” said chief technical officer Paddy Lowe. “But the second one took him well out of position to ninth, which is a much worse result than the sixth place he was on for.”

“We need to understand the reasons for the punctures as there may be more to it than bad luck,” he added.

Although most pit crews were only called on for a single stop per driver, most were remarkably consistent. Valtteri Bottas enjoyed the quickest stop of the race on his way to victory.

2017 Russian Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3
Valtteri Bottas Ultra soft (27) Super soft (25)
Sebastian Vettel Ultra soft (34) Super soft (18)
Kimi Raikkonen Ultra soft (29) Super soft (23)
Lewis Hamilton Ultra soft (30) Super soft (22)
Max Verstappen Ultra soft (29) Super soft (23)
Sergio Perez Ultra soft (27) Super soft (25)
Esteban Ocon Ultra soft (26) Super soft (26)
Nico Hulkenberg Ultra soft (40) Super soft (12)
Felipe Massa Ultra soft (21) Super soft (20) Ultra soft (10)
Carlos Sainz Jnr Ultra soft (24) Super soft (27)
Lance Stroll Ultra soft (26) Super soft (25)
Daniil Kvyat Ultra soft (21) Super soft (30)
Kevin Magnussen Ultra soft (21) Super soft (30)
Stoffel Vandoorne Super soft (1) Ultra soft (23) Ultra soft (27)
Marcus Ericsson Super soft (1) Ultra soft (20) Ultra soft (30)
Pascal Wehrlein Super soft (2) Ultra soft (18) Ultra soft (30)
Daniel Ricciardo Ultra soft (5)

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2017 Russian Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

Driver Team Pit stop time Gap On lap
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 29.356 27
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 29.567 0.211 29
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 29.739 0.383 30
4 Lance Stroll Williams 29.791 0.435 26
5 Sergio Perez Force India 29.868 0.512 27
6 Felipe Massa Williams 29.920 0.564 41
7 Felipe Massa Williams 29.923 0.567 21
8 Carlos Sainz Jnr Toro Rosso 29.973 0.617 24
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 29.991 0.635 21
10 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 30.006 0.650 1
11 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 30.097 0.741 34
12 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 30.152 0.796 29
13 Esteban Ocon Force India 30.253 0.897 26
14 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 30.280 0.924 40
15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 30.655 1.299 21
16 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 30.799 1.443 20
17 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 31.266 1.910 2
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 32.235 2.879 1
19 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 35.998 6.642 24
20 Kevin Magnussen Haas 36.559 7.203 21

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5 comments on “2017 Russian Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops”

  1. I think this year’s compouns are still too hard. Just like in 2014 where they used only soft and mediums, the cars were quickly separated without any chance to try and compensate for their lack of pace compared to the guys in front.
    This, together with the characteristics of the track, can only sum up to one of the worst races of the year for sure.

  2. Praying for rain at Monaco…

  3. Was thinking when I saw the title: “2017 Russian Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops” that it would be a very short post. And it is. Thanks, Keith, for not fluffing it up.

  4. Ferrari should look into their pit stops and starts.

  5. Watching Pérez’s stop, there was a half-second hiccup on one of the tyre changes. Did any other drivers have crew-performance related delays to their stops?

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