By lap 18 of the Turkish Grand Prix, everything seemed to be going superbly for Lance Stroll.Sergio Perez, and made the switch from wet weather to intermediate tyres along with the rest of the field. He was leading a race for the first time in his career, and his margin over Perez was more than 10 seconds.
His fortunes swung sharply over the remaining 40 laps, however. Stroll took the chequered flag ninth, 72 seconds behind the race winner and 40 seconds behind his team mate.
Three things went awry for this to happen. The begin with, his intermediate tyres grained and lost grip – a problem which did not affect his team mate. Other teams had flagged up this potential problem earlier in the weekend.
Stroll built that 10s lead partly through a series of quick laps at the beginning of his second stint. Did he take too much out of the tyres too soon?
His loss of pace left Racing Point little option other than to make a pit stop. Had anyone other than his team mate been directly behind they might have been tempted to leave Stroll out in the hope that his tyres would clean up. But they couldn’t risk him compromising the races of both their cars, and Perez was on the radio complaining his team mate was holding him up.
The final blow for Stroll was that his fresh intermediate tyres didn’t perform any better. It wasn’t until the final laps of the race that he began to lap quicker than Perez, by which time he’d been passed by several other drivers.
Perez has always had a superb touch for preserving his tyres, and so it proved again today, with a 48-lap stint on his intermediates which delivered a fine second place. Only two drivers took them further: Daniil Kvyat on 49 laps, and race winner Lewis Hamilton with a 50-lap stint. By the end of the the Mercedes driver’s intermediate looked more like slicks.
Intriguingly, Mercedes bucked a tyre choice trend across the rest of the field. While their rivals (Williams aside) started on used wet weather tyres, Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas took the start on fresh sets. And when they came in for their first (in Hamilton’s case, only) tyre stops, the Mercedes drivers switched to worn intermediates, while the others opted for fresh rubber.
Following the team’s notably poor performance in qualifying, these contrary tyre selections may indicate how Hamilton found enough pace to win on Sunday.
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2020 Turkish Grand Prix lap chart
The positions of each driver on every lap. Click name to highlight, right-click to reset. Toggle drivers using controls below:
2020 Turkish Grand Prix race chart
The gaps between each driver on every lap compared to the leader’s average lap time. Very large gaps omitted. Scroll to zoom, drag to pan and right-click to reset. Toggle drivers using controls below:
|Driver||Start position||Lap one position change||Race position change|
|Carlos Sainz Jnr||15||6||10|
2020 Turkish Grand Prix lap times
All the lap times by the drivers (in seconds, very slow laps excluded). Scroll to zoom, drag to pan and toggle drivers using the control below:
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2020 Turkish Grand Prix fastest laps
Each driver’s fastest lap:
|Rank||Driver||Car||Fastest lap||Gap||On lap|
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull-Honda||1’38.431||1.625||53|
|4||Carlos Sainz Jnr||McLaren-Renault||1’38.754||1.948||56|
|5||Alexander Albon||Red Bull-Honda||1’39.099||2.293||54|
|9||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo-Ferrari||1’39.743||2.937||57|
|10||Lance Stroll||Racing Point-Mercedes||1’39.921||3.115||55|
|12||Sergio Perez||Racing Point-Mercedes||1’40.392||3.586||50|
|20||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo-Ferrari||1’51.122||14.316||11|
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2020 Turkish Grand Prix tyre strategies
The tyre strategies for each driver:
|Stint 1||Stint 2||Stint 3||Stint 4|
|Antonio Giovinazzi||Wet (8)||Intermediate (3)|
|Nicholas Latifi||Intermediate (8)||Intermediate (30)||Intermediate (1)|
|Romain Grosjean||Wet (8)||Intermediate (28)||Intermediate (13)|
|Kevin Magnussen||Wet (8)||Intermediate (26)||Intermediate (21)|
|Lewis Hamilton||Wet (8)||Intermediate (50)|
|Esteban Ocon||Wet (1)||Wet (9)||Intermediate (47)|
|Daniil Kvyat||Wet (8)||Intermediate (49)|
|Pierre Gasly||Wet (10)||Intermediate (23)||Intermediate (24)|
|Sergio Perez||Wet (10)||Intermediate (48)|
|Sebastian Vettel||Wet (8)||Intermediate (25)||Intermediate (25)|
|Charles Leclerc||Wet (6)||Intermediate (24)||Intermediate (28)|
|Carlos Sainz Jnr||Wet (10)||Intermediate (23)||Intermediate (25)|
|Max Verstappen||Wet (11)||Intermediate (7)||Intermediate (25)||Intermediate (15)|
|Alexander Albon||Wet (12)||Intermediate (22)||Intermediate (24)|
|Valtteri Bottas||Wet (7)||Intermediate (39)||Intermediate (11)|
|Lando Norris||Wet (9)||Intermediate (27)||Intermediate (22)|
|Lance Stroll||Wet (9)||Intermediate (27)||Intermediate (22)|
|Kimi Raikkonen||Wet (8)||Intermediate (22)||Intermediate (20)||Intermediate (7)|
|Daniel Ricciardo||Wet (10)||Intermediate (22)||Intermediate (26)|
|George Russell||Intermediate (32)||Intermediate (10)||Intermediate (15)|
2020 Turkish Grand Prix pit stop times
How long each driver’s pit stops took:
|Driver||Team||Pit stop time||Gap||On lap|
|1||Alexander Albon||Red Bull||22.490||34|
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||22.518||0.028||18|
|3||Alexander Albon||Red Bull||22.602||0.112||12|
|6||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||22.787||0.297||43|
|9||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo||23.180||0.690||50|
|16||Carlos Sainz Jnr||McLaren||23.537||1.047||33|
|17||Lance Stroll||Racing Point||23.650||1.160||36|
|21||Lance Stroll||Racing Point||23.730||1.240||9|
|23||Carlos Sainz Jnr||McLaren||23.910||1.420||10|
|25||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||24.256||1.766||11|
|29||Sergio Perez||Racing Point||25.163||2.673||10|
|31||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||25.432||2.942||8|
|34||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo||30.765||8.275||8|
|35||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo||31.356||8.866||30|
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