Styrian GP: Pirelli Grand Prix Review


By Courtesy of Pirelli
July 13 2020

 
 Pirelli Styrian Grand Prix Review
 
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KEY MOMENTS
* Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the Pirelli-titled Steiermark race from pole, stopping just once to move from P Zero Red soft to P Zero Yellow medium tyres.
* Both Mercedes drivers, who finished first and second, used the same strategy, but with Hamilton stopping seven laps earlier than his team mate.
* Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo was the highest-placed finisher to begin the race on the medium tyres, ending up eighth at the finish after a long opening stint.
* Alpha Tauri was the only team to use the P Zero White hard tyre in the race (apart from Ferrari and Charles Leclerc briefly) with Daniil Kvyat scoring a point in 10th.
* Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and McLaren’s Carlos Sainz made an extra stop for soft tyres at the very end of the race, to try and claim the extra championship point for fastest lap – which went to Sainz with a new lap record.

HOW EACH TYRE PERFORMED
HARD C2: Not used extensively during the race also because of the cooler temperatures compared to last week.
MEDIUM C3: Used by the majority of drivers for the second stint, with six cars also starting the race on this compound. Before Verstappen and Sainz stopped again for softs, Hamilton had set the race’s fastest lap on mediums that had covered around 40 laps.
SOFT C4: Performed optimally in the race conditions today, with consistent lap times over long stints. Sainz used the soft to set a new lap record at the Red Bull Ring late in the race.

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF F1 AND CAR RACING
“We had dry conditions for the first time since Friday, although as expected the ambient and track temperatures were lower than those seen during the race last week, making it a comfortable one-stopper even with the two softer compounds. Although there was a free choice of tyres for all drivers at the start this week due to the wet qualifying, the majority still chose to start on the soft, confirming the consistent performance shown by this compound here last weekend. Some drivers stopped twice today to go for the extra point for fastest lap, which was claimed by Carlos Sainz setting a new track record: an indication of the progress that these cars make not only from year to year, but also week to week. We’re satisfied with the performance of all the tyres throughout both Austrian race weekends, during which we saw a huge variety of conditions that ranged from torrential rain to track temperatures in excess of 50 degrees” 

 

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
HARD			MEDIUM			SOFT
Kvyat 1m08.378s		Hamilton 1m06.719s	Sainz 1m05.619s
Gasly 1m09.025s		Albon 1m07.109s		Verstappen 1m06.145s
Leclerc 1m35.375s	Perez 1m07.188s		Gasly 1m07.827s

LONGEST STINT OF THE RACE
COMPOUND		DRIVER				LAPS
HARD C2			Kvyat				34
MEDIUM C3		Verstappen, Hamilton, Raikkonen	44
SOFT C4			Norris				39

 

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