Before the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend began Pirelli announced it will add two new tyre compounds to its 2018 range. It has also developed less “conservative” tyres for next season.
This race showed why many feel they are needed. There was almost no variation in strategy between the drivers. Everyone who reached Q3 started the race on ultra-softs, as did all bar three of the other starters. Those who ran the only realistic alternative strategy didn’t really benefit from it.
Aside from Lance Stroll, who struggled badly with his tyres and made three visits to the pits, everyone pitted just once during the race. Some tried to stay out longer than the others to gain an advantage, but degradation was so low it made little to no difference.
Will that change next year when Pirelli can choose from ‘hyper softs’ and ‘super hards’ along with the existing five tyre compounds? The teams will begin to find out when they run the new tyres for the first time in next week’s test.
2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix tyre strategies
The tyre strategies for each driver:
|Stint 1||Stint 2||Stint 3||Stint 4|
|Valtteri Bottas||Ultra soft (21)||Super soft (34)|
|Lewis Hamilton||Ultra soft (24)||Super soft (31)|
|Sebastian Vettel||Ultra soft (20)||Super soft (35)|
|Kimi Raikkonen||Ultra soft (15)||Super soft (40)|
|Max Verstappen||Ultra soft (14)||Super soft (41)|
|Nico Hulkenberg||Ultra soft (17)||Super soft (38)|
|Sergio Perez||Ultra soft (16)||Super soft (39)|
|Esteban Ocon||Ultra soft (31)||Super soft (24)|
|Fernando Alonso||Ultra soft (21)||Super soft (33)|
|Felipe Massa||Ultra soft (22)||Super soft (32)|
|Romain Grosjean||Ultra soft (32)||Super soft (22)|
|Stoffel Vandoorne||Ultra soft (12)||Super soft (42)|
|Kevin Magnussen||Ultra soft (22)||Super soft (32)|
|Pascal Wehrlein||Super soft (28)||Ultra soft (26)|
|Brendon Hartley||Super soft (26)||Ultra soft (28)|
|Pierre Gasly||Ultra soft (30)||Super soft (24)|
|Marcus Ericsson||Super soft (30)||Ultra soft (24)|
|Lance Stroll||Ultra soft (11)||Super soft (18)||Ultra soft (6)||Ultra soft (19)|
|Carlos Sainz Jnr||Ultra soft (31)||Super soft (0)|
|Daniel Ricciardo||Ultra soft (19)||Super soft (1)|
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2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix pit stop times
How long each driver’s pit stops took:
|Driver||Team||Pit stop time||Gap||On lap|
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||21.269||0.048||14|
|6||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso||21.519||0.298||30|
|8||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso||21.598||0.377||26|
|12||Esteban Ocon||Force India||21.865||0.644||31|
|13||Sergio Perez||Force India||21.869||0.648||16|
|16||Carlos Sainz Jnr||Renault||21.956||0.735||31|
|21||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||23.477||2.256||19|
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2 comments on “2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops”
27th November 2017, 2:48
Hulkenberg’s pitstop had me wondering – in the case of a 5-second penalty, must the penalty be taken before any work is done, or can it be done after the tyres are changed?
i.e. today the car drives in, waits 5 seconds, changes tyres, drives off. Can they instead do – car drives in, changes tyres, waits 5 seconds after green on gantry, drives off?
It seems like waiting 5 seconds at the beginning runs the risk of heat soak in the wheel nuts, which might be a contributory/causative factor to wheel nuts jamming.
I vaguely seem to recollect that in more than one occasion in the past, cars that served such a penalty in the pit had this sort of problem.
27th November 2017, 9:48
It’s the former. Can’t touch the car before the penalty is served.
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