* 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