Lance Stroll, Williams, Red Bull Ring, 2017

2017 Austrian Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

2017 Austrian Grand Prix

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As expected most drivers preferred a one-stop strategy for the Austrian Grand Prix, but there were some differences in the teams’ tactics.

Start, Red Bull Ring, 2017
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Lewis Hamilton chose to start the race on the super-soft tyres because of the gearbox change penalty which cost him five places on the grid. However he revealed after the race he made his pit stop around ten laps earlier than planned. Hamilton hadn’t been happy on the harder tyres.

However Hamilton had easily gone far enough to make a switch to the ultra-softs a possibility. Like most drivers, he did one stint each on the softer of the two available tyres. His stop was also the quickest complete stop of the race.

Those who started on the softs seemed to make them work well. Jolyon Palmer had good pace early in the race and came close to scoring a point again.

Felipe Massa was relieved to see Williams’ race stint performance was still strong following their big problems with one-lap pace on Saturday.

2017 Austrian Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1Stint 2Stint 3
Valtteri BottasUltra soft (41)Super soft (30)
Sebastian VettelUltra soft (34)Super soft (37)
Daniel RicciardoUltra soft (33)Super soft (38)
Lewis HamiltonSuper soft (31)Ultra soft (40)
Kimi RaikkonenUltra soft (44)Super soft (27)
Romain GrosjeanUltra soft (36)Super soft (35)
Sergio PerezUltra soft (35)Super soft (35)
Esteban OconUltra soft (42)Super soft (28)
Felipe MassaSoft (47)Ultra soft (23)
Lance StrollSuper soft (35)Ultra soft (35)
Jolyon PalmerSoft (34)Ultra soft (36)
Stoffel VandoorneUltra soft (31)Super soft (39)
Nico HulkenbergSuper soft (14)Soft (56)
Pascal WehrleinSuper soft (35)Ultra soft (35)
Marcus EricssonUltra soft (34)Super soft (35)
Daniil KvyatUltra soft (1)Soft (54)Soft (13)
Carlos Sainz JnrUltra soft (40)Super soft (4)
Kevin MagnussenSuper soft (29)
Fernando AlonsoUltra soft (1)
Max Verstappen

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2017 Austrian Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

DriverTeamPit stop timeGapOn lap
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes20.76131
2Felipe MassaWilliams20.9770.21647
3Lance StrollWilliams21.3320.57135
4Carlos Sainz JnrToro Rosso21.6590.89840
5Kimi RaikkonenFerrari21.6620.90144
6Daniel RicciardoRed Bull21.7130.95233
7Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren21.7140.95331
8Sebastian VettelFerrari21.7500.98934
9Nico HulkenbergRenault21.9771.21614
10Romain GrosjeanHaas22.0261.26536
11Sergio PerezForce India22.0301.26935
12Esteban OconForce India22.1761.41542
13Jolyon PalmerRenault22.2331.47234
14Daniil KvyatToro Rosso22.2741.51355
15Marcus EricssonSauber22.3391.57834
16Valtteri BottasMercedes22.3871.62641
17Pascal WehrleinSauber22.4141.65335
18Daniil KvyatToro Rosso33.60712.8461

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2 comments on “2017 Austrian Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops”

  1. It was shocking to find that SS didnt work today.

  2. Ben Rowe (@thegianthogweed)
    9th July 2017, 17:14

    So Bottas also had one of the slowest pit stops. That surely will have cost him a tiny bit of time. But he had pretty much the best start possible and had a slow pit stop but still managed to defend Vettel and kept calm and brought it home 1st.

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