F1 Strategy Report Malaysian Grand Prix 2015

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Formula Legend Strategy Report – Malaysian Grand Prix 2015
Round 2 – 56 Laps – 5.543km per lap – 310.408 race distance – High tyre wear
Seb vs The Mercedes

Strategy played an important role in deciding the winner of last weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix. Eventual victor Sebastian Vettel took the fight to the two Mercedes drivers. He won fair and square, but was helped by completing one less stop and from staying out during the early Safety Car.

With Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg pitting and emerging behind slower cars, Vettel was able to quickly eke out a sizeable advantage. We already knew following Friday’s practice sessions that the SF15-Ts would be closer to Mercedes, but the extremely hot temperatures played to Ferrari’s advantage.

Vettel was able to complete two impressive stints on the medium compound tyre, with both being several laps longer than either of the Mercedes drivers could manage. Because of this, he was able to continue on a two-stop strategy, while Hamilton and Rosberg were both switched to a three due to suffering higher degradation.

It proved to be a relatively easy run to the flag for Vettel, finishing 8.5 seconds clear of Hamilton. Ferrari’s decision to not pit during the Safety Car was undoubtedly the right one and the conditions helped the team gain performance. The four-time world champion was able to push the tyres more without losing much speed, and was able to keep up a good pace even towards the end of stints.

Mercedes acknowledged after the race that the early first stop under the Safety Car cost them time and positions. Both were forced to make their way past slower cars, and Rosberg lost six seconds during the stop thanks to the team double-stacking the two cars. Mercedes thought the prime tyre would be better suited to the race, meaning Hamilton and Rosberg used up an extra set during qualifying and the former was fitted the hard compound for his final stint. It proved to not be the case.

There’s Something About Kimi

Kimi Raikkonen finished a distant fourth, but recovered well following an early puncture. Like Vettel, he showed impressive pace throughout the 56-lap event, but the contact with Felipe Nasr on lap two put pay to his hopes of a podium. He was battling with the Sauber after qualifying only 11th, having failed to set a good banker lap before the rain hit in Q2. The Safety Car really helped Raikkonen, bunching up the field and enabling him to close the gap to the leading three.

However, he wasn’t on the back of the pack when the race resumed, and had to complete plenty of overtakes to make his way up the order. He pitted two further times and, if you ignore his early stop for repairs, mirrored Vettel’s strategy. This enabled him to quickly make progress and he spent most of his second and final stints in fourth, albeit some distance away from the podium finishers. However, it makes you wonder what could have been possible if he hadn’t been hit on the second lap.

Nasr struggles

It was a case of hero to zero for Nasr, following his spectacular debut in Australia. The Brazilian finished down in 12th place after a dismal Malaysian Grand Prix. Sauber knew ahead of qualifying that it would be a more difficult weekend, and Nasr struggled more than most during practice to find a set-up. This wasn’t helped by missing FP1 in order for the Swiss outfit’s reserve driver Raffaele Marciello to have some track time.

The contact with Raikkonen damaged his front wing, and he was forced to pit at the end of the following tour for repairs. That put him at the back of the field and despite the Safety Car bunching up the field; he didn’t have the speed to make much progress. Two unusually short stints on the hard tyre mid-way through the race meant he stopped four times in total.

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SCSafety Car
Lap 4-6 ERI Runs off, HAM, ROS, RIC, MAS, KVY, VER, BOT, ALO, BUT, MEH pit

 

Redbull3. Ricciardo
Start P4
Medium 4 laps Pit 26.714
Medium 14 laps Pit 25.604
Hard 16 laps Pit 25.395
Hard 21 laps -
Finish P10

 

Ferrari5. Vettel
Start P2
Medium 17 laps Pit 23.996
Medium 20 laps 25.092
Hard 19 laps -
Finish P1

 

Merc6. Rosberg
Start P3
Medium 4 laps Pit 33.689
Hard 22 laps 24.574
Medium 15 laps -
Finish P3

 

Ferrari7. Raikkonen
Start P11
Medium 2 laps Pit 27.285
Medium 12 laps Pit 24.744
Medium 20 laps 24.653
Hard 22 laps -
Finished P4

 

Redbull8. Grosjean
Start P12
Medium 15 laps Pit 24.377
Medium 11 laps Pit 24.621
Medium 8 laps Pit 26.014
Hard 21 laps -
Finish P11

 

Sauber9. Ericsson
Start P9
Medium 3 laps -
Retired Lap 3

 

FI11. Perez
Start P14
Medium 17 laps Pit 25.268
Hard 18 laps 35.776
Medium 20 laps -
Finished P13

 

Sauber12. Nasr
Start P12
Medium 2 laps Pit 33.918
Hard 18 laps 25.714
Hard 10 laps 25.331
Hard 13 laps 25.204
Medium 12 laps -
Finished P12

 

Redbull13. Maldonado
Start P12
Medium 1 lap Pit 37.289
Medium 17 laps Pit 37.394
Medium 15 laps Pit 24.276
Hard 14 laps -
Retired Lap 47

 

Redbull14. Alonso
Start P18
Hard 4 laps Pit 25.222
Medium 17 laps Pit 25.604
Retired Lap 21

 

Williams19. Massa
Start P7
Medium 4 laps Pit 25.831
Medium 20 laps 24.788
Medium 14 laps 26.971
Hard 17 laps -
Finished P6

 

McLaren22. Button
Start P17
Hard 4 laps Pit 33.027
Medium 17 laps 25.581
Medium 14 laps -
Retired Lap 35

 

Redbull26. Kvyat
Start P5
Medium 4 laps Pit 30.463
Medium 17 laps Pit 24.781
Hard 18 laps Pit 26.149
Hard 16 laps -
Finish P10

 

FI27. Hulkenberg
Start P13
Medium 15 laps Pit 25.826
Medium 16 laps Pit 25.047
Hard 13 laps 35.351
Hard 11 laps -
Finished P14

 

Toro33. Verstappen
Start P6
Medium 4 laps Pit 29.516
Hard 16 lap 25.655
Hard 20 lap 24.768
Medium 16 lap -
Finished P7

 

Merc44. Hamilton
Start P1
Medium 4 laps Pit 26.094
Hard 20 laps 24.595
Medium 14 laps 24.179
Hard 18 laps -
Finished P2

 

Toro55. Sainz
Start P15
Medium 14 laps Pit 25.126
Hard 18 laps 25.165
Hard 23 laps -
Finished P8

 

Redbull77. Bottas
Start P8
Medium 4 laps Pit 30.154
Medium 21 laps Pit 24.432
Medium 15 laps Pit 25.002
Hard 16 laps -
Finish P5

 

Redbull98. Merhi
Start P19
Medium 5 laps Pit 27.540
Hard 17 laps Pit 27.004
Medium 20 laps Pit 29.202
Medium 12 laps 29.202
Finish P15

Caterham Cup 2015 – Race 1 Australia

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Welcome to the 2015 Caterham Cup

Round 1 – Australia

Along with the predictable opening round of the 2015 F1 season, the highly anticipated Caterham Cup also kicked off in Albert Park.

Excluding the more dominant teams, the Caterham Cup draws focus to those fighting near the back of the pack. No factory teams are allowed (This includes Red Bull) and points will be tallied and analysed after every Grand prix weekend.

So who’s competing in this cup? Lotus, Torro Rosso, Force India, Sauber and Manor (if they ever make the grid!) are all jousting for the overall win, and the prestigious title of Caterham Cup champion for 2015.

Points will be allocated based on finishing position, with 20th position scoring 1 point, 19th 2 points, and so on.

After an exciting first round Sauber lead the standings with an impressive 29 points after both drivers finished in the top 10. The amazing performances of Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson catapulting the team into the lead. The rest of the season will show whether the team can continue their exciting form.

Force India also had a reasonably impressive round with a total of 25 points when Nico Hulkenburg finished seventh and Sergio Perez crossed the line in the last points paying positioning. Hopefully they can bring the fight to Sauber in Malaysia.

Next, we have the slightly less impressive Toro Rosso. With only 12 points after the opening round, Carlos Sainz Jr (who finished 9th) carried the team after Max Verstappen’s retirement. The Red Bull sister team will have to pick up their game if they want to compete for the top spot of this seasons Caterham Cup.

Lotus have started the season off badly with two DNF’s at the start of the race. They have scored 0 points, but if their qualifying pace is anything to go by we should see them climb up the standings.

Manor (obviously) didn’t make the grid in Albert Park and scored 0 points, hopefully they can compete in Kuala Lumpur and score points this season.

It is also important to note that Valtteri Bottas did not start the race with back problems, alongside Daniil Kvyat and Kevin Magnussen – maybe this could be the reason for this many points being scored.

The Caterham Cup continues next week during the Malaysian Grand Prix where we will see whether the current form is going to continue!

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Caterham Cup Standings Round 1 2015
1 SauberSauber 29
2 FIForce India 25
3 ToroToro Rosso 12
4 LotusLotus 0
5 ManorManor 0

F1 Strategy Report Australian Grand Prix 2015

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Formula Legend Strategy Report – Australian Grand Prix 2015
Round 1 – 58 Laps – 5.303km per lap – 307.574 race distance – High fuel consumption
Seb vs Felipe

One of the biggest strategy stories from the F1 2015 season opener in Australia was Sebastian Vettel and Felipe Massa’s battle for the final podium position. It was the Brazilian who started the race best of the rest behind the two Mercedes drivers, holding onto third place in the opening stint.With reliability proving to be strong for both Williams and Ferrari and pace looking to be close, it was always going to come down to strategy. Fearing an undercut, Massa was brought in on lap 21, switching from the soft to the medium tyre compound. Despite having fresher rubber, Massa found himself stuck behind Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull RB11.

The Australian took to the pit lane one lap later, but it still cost Massa crucial time. Having kept his tyres in good condition throughout the opening stint, Vettel was able to push hard – at times matching the pace of the leading duo – and emerged ahead after his pit stop on lap 24. He remained unchallenged to the chequered flag, finishing 3.6 seconds ahead of Massa by the flag.

The new Pirelli soft and medium tyres proved to be incredibly durable in Melbourne, meaning most of the field pitted just once. The early Safety Car also helped stretch out the opening stint.

Dan vs Felipe

Another battle worth looking at was Felipe Nasr and Daniel Ricciardo’s duel over fifth place, which the Sauber driver eventually won. A storming start saw the Brazilian rise from 10th to fifth into Turn 1, with Ricciardo slotting into sixth.

The RB11 looked to be faster in the first stint, but the Renault power unit’s lack of straight-line speed compared to the Sauber C34’s Ferrari engine meant that, even with DRS, Ricciardo couldn’t find a way through. Because of this, Red Bull opted for the undercut, with Ricciardo pitting to switch to the medium Pirelli compound on lap 23.

Nasr remained out for a little while longer, putting in some quick times and returning from his pit stop on lap 25 still ahead of Ricciardo, although both were behind Kimi Raikkonen, who later retired. Ricciardo entered DRS range several times during the final stint but couldn’t overtake, eventually falling over 10 seconds down on Nasr.

Kimi vs Felipe

With Vettel on a one-stop strategy, Ferrari opted to pit Raikkonen twice, to try and attack the Williams of Massa from different angles. He slipped to eighth on the opening lap after some light contact at Turn 1, before passing Carlos Sainz Jr and closing in on the fighting Nasr and Ricciardo. He couldn’t pass either and pitted on lap 16 for another set of soft tyres.

Despite losing several seconds in his pit box, strong pace on the option compound meant Nasr and Ricciardo both emerged from their stops behind the Finn. It was looking good, until he pitted on lap 40 to make the mandatory switch to the medium Pirelli compound.

The stop looked clean, but it soon became clear that the rear-left had not been properly secured. He pulled off track at Turn 4 and retired from the race, losing out on a top five finish. That left Nico Hulkenberg as the lead runner on the two-stop strategy, finishing seventh. Marcus Ericsson was the only driver to stop three times, with an unscheduled trip to the pits on lap one due to a problem at the start.

Conclusion

The undercut seemingly failed to work at the Albert Park Circuit, and the tyres proved to be extremely durable, with little wear or degradation. Max Verstappen started on the mediums and completed a long first stint, but we failed to see just how successful his strategy could have been, as he retired shortly after his stop.

Jack Leslie

SCSafety Car
Lap 1-3 GRO Retirement, ERI pits

 

Redbull3. Ricciardo
Start P6
Soft Quali + 23 laps Pit 22.535
Medium 34 laps -
Finish P6

 

Ferrari5. Vettel
Start P4
Soft Quali + 24 laps Pit 22.694
Medium 34 laps -
Finish P3

 

Merc6. Rosberg
Start P2
Soft Quali + 26 laps Pit 22.105
Medium 32 laps -
Finish P2

 

Ferrari7. Raikkonen
Start P5
Soft Quali + 16 laps Pit 27.465
Soft 24 laps Pit 22.405
Medium 1 lap -
Retired lap 40

 

Sauber9. Ericsson
Start P15
Medium 1 lap Pit 22.681
Soft 25 laps Pit 23.254
Soft 17 laps -
Finished P8

 

FI11. Perez
Start P14
Medium 38 laps Pit 26.009
Soft 20 laps -
Finished P10

 

Sauber12. Nasr
Start P10
Soft 25 laps Pit 22.993
Medium 33 laps -
Finished P5

 

Williams19. Massa
Start P3
Soft Quali + 21 laps Pit 22.062
Medium 37 laps -
Finished P4

 

McLaren22. Button
Start P16
Soft 27 laps Pit 22.062
Medium 29 laps -
Finished P11

 

FI27. Hulkenberg
Start P13
Soft 21 laps Pit 22.137
Medium 23 laps Pit 21.612
Soft 13 laps -
Finished P7

 

Toro33. Verstappen
Start P11
Medium 32 laps Pit 23.532
Soft 1 lap -
Retired Lap 32

 

Merc44. Hamilton
Start P1
Soft Quali + 25 laps Pit 22.295
Medium 33 laps -
Finished P1

 

Toro55. Sainz
Start P7
Soft Quali + 24 laps Pit 55.789
Medium 33 laps -
Finished P7

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