MAX VERSTAPPEN WINS FOR RED BULL AT THE RED BULL RING WITH A ONE-STOP SUPERSOFT-SOFT STRATEGY
HIGHER TRACK TEMPERATURES THAN PREVIOUS DAYS LEADS TO TWO-STOP AS WELL AS ONE-STOP STRATEGIES
WIDE VARIETY OF DIFFERENT STRATEGIES THROUGHOUT THE TOP 10 AND AN UNUSUALLY HIGH NUMBER OF MECHANICAL RETIREMENTS
A closely-fought and unpredictable Austrian Grand Prix was heavily influenced by track temperatures of nearly 40 degrees, much higher than previous days, which generated blistering on some cars, leading to a variety of different race strategies. While the top 10 all used different variations of one-stop strategies, some cars further down the classification stopped twice. There was also an unusually high number of mechanical retirements, which changed the face of the championship fight. Red Bull driver Max Verstappen won the race on his team’s home territory, being one of four cars in the top 10 on the grid to start on the supersoft tyres, from fourth. The fastest lap of the race was set on the last lap by Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, who finished runnerup.
MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING “It was a particularly tough race at the rapid Red Bull Ring today, with higher track temperatures than the previous two days of running. This had the effect of generating blistering on some cars – but not any of the podium finishers – which led to a variety of one-stop and two-stop strategies. The effect was exacerbated by nearly all drivers running the soft tyre for their second stint: a tyre that wears less than the other nominations here, and so retains more rubber and heat, which makes it more susceptible to blistering. The end result was a tense and exciting race, which adds another twist to the championship fight as we head to Silverstone next week.”
BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
LONGEST STINT OF THE RACE
Raikkonen 1m06.957s Hamilton 1m07.241s Raikkonen 1m08.954s Vettel 1m07.082s Ricciardo 1m07.591s Sirotkin 1m08.971s Verstappen 1m07.442s Ericsson 1m08.216s Vettel 1m09.232s
COMPOUND DRIVER LAPS
ULTRASOFT Magnussen 28
SUPERSOFT Hartley 54
SOFT Verstappen, Raikkonen, Vettel 56
PIT STOP STRATEGY Max Verstappen won the race using just one pit stop as we predicted, starting on the supersoft tyre from fourth on the grid and stopping for the soft on lap 15. The rest of the final top 10 also stopped once, however with most starting on the ultrasoft. But there were some other top cars that stopped twice, which in the end did not finish.