British GP: Pirelli Grand Prix Review


By Courtesy of Pirelli
August 3 2020

 
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KEY MOMENTS
* Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton dominated the race from pole with a one-stop strategy, switching from medium to hard tyres under the safety car on lap 13. His front-left tyre went down on the final lap, for reasons that are still being investigated, but he still managed to win the race.
* His team mate Valtteri Bottas and McLaren’s Carlos Sainz also had tyre-related issues on the penultimate and final laps respectively.
* Red Bull’s Max Verstappen eventually finished second, having made a second stop at the end of the race to switch to the soft and claim the extra championship point for fastest lap.
* Temperatures were similar to yesterday, with around 40 degrees of track temperature, following an exceptionally hot Friday.
* The only driver not to stop during the safety car was Haas driver Romain Grosjean, who stayed out on his original set of medium tyres to gain track position. After 36 laps, he switched to the hard.

HOW EACH TYRE PERFORMED
HARD C1: Used by nearly all the drivers for the final stint. Racing Point’s Nico Hulkenberg would have been the only driver to have taken them at the start of the race, but was ruled out before his car got to the grid.
MEDIUM C2: The top four on the grid started on this compound, with three of them on the final podium.
SOFT C3: Used by only five drivers at the start of the race, as well as by Verstappen and Bottas at the end of the race..

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF F1 AND CAR RACING
“We’ll of course be investigating exactly what happened to the tyres on the two Mercedes cars as well as that on the McLaren of Carlos Sainz in the final two laps of the race. What we already know for sure is that the tyres involved in these failures were extremely well-used, with nearly 40 laps of running; albeit some behind the safety car. The race was very much influenced by the safety car, with the second one prompting a pit stop for nearly everyone, leading to a very long second stint. After a complete analysis we will be able to understand fully what happened, which will obviously be very valuable information for next weekend.” 

 

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
HARD			MEDIUM		  	SOFT
Verstappen 1m29.070s	Albon 1m28.689s	  	Verstappen 1m27.097s
Hamilton 1m29.238s	Bottas 1m30.518s  	Raikkonen 1m29.973s
Bottas 1m29.265s	Hamilton 1m30.533s	Bottas 1m30.086s

LONGEST STINT OF THE RACE
COMPOUND	DRIVER					LAPS
HARD C1		Ricciardo, Norris, Vettel, Latifi,
		Gasly, Ocon, Russell, Giovinazzi	40
MEDIUM C2	Grosjean				36
SOFT C3		Sainz					13

 

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