POSSIBLE RACE STRATEGIES:
The theoretically quickest strategy for the 52-lap British Grand Prix is a
one-stopper, assuming that temperatures remain similar to today. The fastest
way is to start on the soft tyre for 18 to 22 laps and then move onto the
hard until the end.
Second-fastest is a two-stopper, also starting on the soft. After 16 to 18
laps switch to the soft again for another 16 to 18 lap stint, before going
onto the medium until the end. The hard tyre can be used as an alternative
to the medium: either for the middle or the final stint.
Third-quickest is a different one-stopper: starting on the medium for 21 to
24 laps, then hard to the end. It’s not advisable to do a soft-medium
one-stopper, as tyre wear then becomes too marginal.
Strategy. Many of the drivers started Q2 on the medium tyre, with both
Mercedes drivers, Max Verstappen (Red Bull), Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) and
Lance Stroll (Racing Point) setting their best times on this compound. As a
result, they will start the race on the yellow tyre tomorrow.
Temperatures. Today’s temperatures were cooler than the extreme heat of
yesterday, with track temperatures of around 40 degrees in qualifying.
Tomorrow’s conditions should be similar to today.
Wind. The cars were affected by gusting winds throughout qualifying, which
influenced aerodynamic grip.
Speed. The track record was already broken by Valtteri Bottas in the early
stages of qualifying, before being lowered again twice in Q3 by Hamilton.
This year’s pole was 1.2 seconds faster than the 2019 pole, on the same
Close racing. Racing Point’s Lance Stroll and Alpha Tauri’s Pierre Gasly set
exactly the same time in Q2 (albeit on different tyres), but only Stroll
went through to Q3 as he set the time first.
MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF F1 AND CAR RACING
“With temperatures being quite a lot cooler than they were yesterday, the
teams needed to confirm the data collected so far ahead of qualifying, which
made FP3 in the morning particularly important. The key point of qualifying
was the medium tyre, used by half the top 10 to get through Q2. The top four
starters will begin the race on this compound, which isn’t the fastest way
on paper, but does offer more options and a longer first stint on a circuit
that’s renowned for taking a lot out of the tyres. The circuit got
progressively faster throughout the qualifying session, with a new track
record set twice in Q3”