Williams produced the fastest pit stops again but they weren’t quick enough to make Felipe Massa’s two-stop strategy work.
Mercedes had pace to throw away but Red Bull struggled on both the super-soft and soft tyres, forcing them to make an extra pit stop.
A one-stop strategy was the way to go in Canada – as Valtteri Bottas and the super-quick Williams crew proved.
Nico Rosberg set the fastest lap of the Canadian Grand Prix as he fought to recover from a setback at the start of the race.
In a race reminiscent of the season-opening grand prix in Melbourne Sebastian Vettel passed the Mercedes drivers at the start but lost a potential win in the pits.
For the second year in a row the early leader of the Monaco Grand Prix lost their chance for victory in the pits.
Lewis Hamilton set the fastest lap of the Monaco Grand Prix in the closing stages of the race.
Even with the unpredictable conditions and drivers dropping back due to collisions, only one driver improved on his starting position by more than four places in Monaco.
It was much closer than usual at the front during the Spanish Grand Prix – and it would have stayed that way had two drivers not opted for a surprising strategy.
A two-stop strategy was the preferred route home for most of the teams. But not for Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel – and it cost them.
Red Bull’s victory in the Spanish Grand Prix came despite two other cars in the race setting faster lap times.
Most drivers opted for the same strategy in Russia – Red Bull’s unproductive experiment with the medium tyre demonstrated why. In the pits, Williams were fastest again.
Felipe Massa’s late run on super-softs failed to net the fastest lap as Nico Rosberg was over six-tenths of a second quicker on older and harder rubber.
Lewis Hamilton limited the damage by climbing eight places to second – but Kevin Magnussen was the biggest mover during the Russian Grand Prix.
Nico Rosberg didn’t get the full benefit of his strategic advantage – yet still won the race by 37 seconds.
Lewis Hamilton gained 15 places during the Chinese Grand Prix but felt he could have done better. Meanwhile the Force India drivers failed to capitalised on brilliant starts.
Nico Hulkenberg set the fastest lap of the Chinese Grand Prix after being the last driver to pit for fresh tyres.
With 17 drivers using 14 different strategies the Bahrain Grand Prix was a tactician’s dream. Haas went aggressive and reaped the rewards.
Kevin Magnussen was the biggest climber during the Bahrain Grand Prix, making up 11 places from his pit lane start to finish just outside the points.
Lewis Hamilton lapped within two-tenths of a second of Nico Rosberg’s pace despite picking up floor damage in his first-lap crash with Valtteri Bottas.