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Boletim Estratégico: GP da Espanha 2016

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Formula Legend Strategy Report – Grande Prêmio da Espanha 2016
5ª Etapa – 66 voltas – 4.655km por voltas – 307.104km distância total – desgaste médio de pneus
Spanish GP F1 Strategy Report Podcast – com Matt Clayton do Red Bull Australia’s Motorsports site

A F1 retorna com estilo ao circuito de Barcelona-Catalunya, um dos mais conhecidos pelo paddock, uma corrida recheada de drama, emoção e surpresas. Poucos poderiam esperar esse resultado, mas o holandês Max Verstappen chegou a vitória em sua estreia pela Red Bull, tornando-se, de forma magistral, o vencedor de GP mais jovem da história. Como sempre, tivemos diversas escolhas estratégias diferentes para abordarmos aqui.

Três paradas não funcionam

A escolha entre duas ou três paradas acabou decidindo uma das posições do pódio. Tanto a Red Bull, quanto a Ferrari optaram por dividir suas estratégias, com Kimi e Verstappen parando apenas duas vezes enquanto Vettel e Ricciardo optaram por três.

A batalha pela vitória entre quatro pilotos foi brilhante, além de muita tensão cercar os resultados das escolhas estratégicas de cada um. Antes do GP, a Pirelli havia previsto que a escolha por três paradas seria a mais veloz, entretanto, não levaram em consideração a dificuldade de ultrapassar em Barcelona.

Além disso, Vettel e Ricciardo não tiveram sucesso em suas incursões pela vitórias nas últimas voltas, também atrapalhados pelo tráfego. Ricciardo ainda sofreu um furo de pneu na penúltima volta, sendo forçado a parar novamente, mas recuperando o 4º lugar antes da bandeirada. Já o alemão teve que se contentar com a 3ª colocação, provando a ineficiência das três paradas.

Duas paradas mais eficientes

Então apenas duas paradas foram mais efetivas. Tanto Verstappen quanto Raikkonen pararam pela primeira vez na volta 12, com Red Bull parando uma volta antes na segunda janela. O undercut foi muito importante na Espanha, inclusive ajudando o holandês a manter uma vantagem confortável entre ele e Kimi nas voltas finais.

O desgaste de pneus não foi tão alto quanto era esperado, muitos esperavam que os pneus de Verstappen e Raikkonen fossem acabar perto do fim da prova, mas isso não ocorreu, auxiliando os dois a terminar à frente de seus respectivos companheiros de equipe.

Com isso, fica evidente que Ferrari e Red Bull deram um tiro no pé ao dividir as estratégias entre seus pilotos, comprometendo as chances de vitória de Vettel e Ricciardo, mesmo com um começo de prova fortíssimo e obviamente ajudados pelo acidente das Mercedes na primeira volta.

Evitando o pneu duro

O pneu duro finalmente estreou na temporada, contudo, raramente foi usado durante o fim de semana. Desde a sexta, pilotos já encontravam dificuldades para aquecer os pneus laranjas. As temperaturas um pouco mais frias no início do GP e a longa vida útil dos médios eclipsaram os pneus duros.

Apenas dois stints foram completados com os compostos mais duros durante a corrida, com Jolyon Palmer e Kevin Magnussen apostando nos pneus laranjas. O dinamarquês não teve sucesso ao utilizar o composto mais duro e foi forçado a parar novamente. Já Palmer conseguiu levá-lo até a bandeirada, ainda que com um ritmo bem lento.

Haas ainda adorando os pneus macios

A Haas arriscou uma estratégia diferente mais uma vez, rodando muito mais com os pneus macios. Grosjean e Gutíerrez levaram 8 sets dos pneus amarelos, ao contrário da maior parte do grid. O mexicano conseguiu completar dois stints nos macios e levar sua Haas até a 11ª posição, seu melhor resultado no ano, enquanto Romain abandonou, mas estava em busca de três paradas, com três stints de macios e um estranho pequeno stint de médios no meio da prova.

Jack Leslie @JackLeslieF1 – BR version by Fernando Campos

Stints mais longos

Duros: Palmer – 32 Voltas
Médios: Gutierrez – 35 Voltas
Macios: Grosjean – 19 Voltas

Mais paradas

Ricciardo (4 – including drive-throughs)

All the Data

Thanks to Pirelli Motorsport for the detailed infographics


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Stints by Driver

SCSafety Car
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Redbull3. Ricciardo
Start P3
Used Soft 11 lap Pit 21.738
Medium 17 laps Pit 22.104
Used Soft 15 laps Pit 21.683
Medium 22 laps Pit 23.133
Used Soft 1 laps -
Finished P4 (-1)

 

Ferrari5. Vettel
Start P6
Used Soft 15 laps Pit 21.643
Medium 14 laps Pit 22.617
Used Soft 8 laps Pit 21.603
Medium 29 laps -
Finished P3 (+3)

 

Merc6. Rosberg
Start P2
Retired Lap 1 (DNF)

 

Ferrari7. Raikkonen
Start P5
Used Soft 15 laps Pit 23.187
User Soft 14 laps Pit 22.844
Medium 8 laps Pit 34.832
Used Soft 19 laps -
Finished P2 (+3)

 

Redbull8. Grosjean
Start P14
Soft 15 laps Pit 23.187
Used Soft 14 laps Pit 22.844
Medium 8 laps Pit 34.832
Used Soft 19 laps -
Retired Lap 56 (DNF)

 

Sauber9. Ericsson
Start P19
Used Soft 9 laps Pit 22.84
Soft 15 laps Pit 23.122
Medium 16 laps Pit 22.897
Medium 25 laps -
Finished P12 (+7)

 

FI11. Perez
Start P9
Used Soft 9 lap Pit 22.679
Medium 26 laps Pit 21.918
Medium 31 laps -
Finished P7 (+2)

 

Sauber12. Nasr
Start P20
Soft 12 laps Pit 22.976
Medium 24 laps Pit 23.09
Medium 29 laps -
Finished P14 (+6)

 

Merc14. Alonso
Start P10
Used Soft 11 laps Pit 21.795
Medium 28 laps Pit 22.987
Medium 6 laps -
Retired Lap 45 (DNF)

 

Williams19. Massa
Start P18
Soft 8 Laps Pit 21.384
Medium 27 laps Pit 22.568
Soft 16 laps Pit 21.831
Medium 25 laps -
Finished P8 (+10)

 

Toro20. Magnussen
Start P15
Soft 10 laps Pit 22.843
Medium 20 laps Pit 23.165
Hard 25 laps Pit 22.122
Used Soft 10 laps -
Finished P15 (+0)
Toro21. Guttierrez
Start P16
Soft 16 lap Pit 23.206
Used Soft 14 laps Pit 22.43
Medium 35 laps -
Finished P11 (+5)

 

McLaren22. Button
Start P12
Soft 10 laps Pit 22.28
Medium 26 laps Pit 22/59
Medium 29 laps -
Finished P9 (+3)

 

Redbull26. Kvyat
Start P13
Used Soft 9 lap Pit 23.277
Medium 16 laps Pit 22.234
Medium 26 laps Pit 22.769
Soft 14 laps -
Finished P10 (+3)

 

FI27. Hulkenberg
Start P11
Soft 10 laps Pit 22.176
Medium 10 laps -
Retired Lap 20 (DNF)

 

Toro30. Palmer
Start P17
Soft 11 laps Pit 23.283
Medium 22 laps Pit 22.397
Hard 32 laps -
Finished P13 (+4)

 

Toro33. Verstappen
Start P3
Used Soft 12 laps Pit 22.369
Medium 22 laps Pit 22.348
Medium 32 laps -
Finished P1 (+2)

 

Merc44. Hamilton
Start P1
Retired Lap 1 (DNF)

 

Toro55. Sainz
Start P8
Used Soft 10 laps Pit 22.874
Medium 28 laps Pit 22.937
Medium 28 laps -
Finished P6 (+2)

 

Redbull77. Bottas
Start P7
Used Soft 12 laps Pit 21.856
Medium 27 laps Pit 22.443
Medium 27 laps -
Finished P5 (+2)

 

Toro88. Haryanto
Start P22
Medium 22 laps Pit 28.753
Medium 26 laps Pit 26.186
Soft 17 laps -
Finished P17 (+5)

 

Toro94. Wehrlein
Start P21
Soft 11 laps Pit 24.554
Medium 22 laps Pit 24.387
Medium 32 laps -
Finished P16 (+5)

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F1 Strategy Report Podcast 2016 Episode 5 – Spanish Grand Prix

Episode 5 of the 2016 Strategy Podcast: by Formula Legend provides insight & analysis of strategic decisions made during the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix.

Our host Michael Lamonato is joined by Matt Clayton from Red Bull Australia’s Motorsports site.

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For full written report about the strategy plays in this race, and detailed data (including all the stints and tyre choices) click here. All of the previous written reports are here.

All of our previous F1 Strategy Report Podcasts are here.

If you’re into F1 strategy make sure you check out Formula Legend – it’s free for iOS & Android. Contact us on twitter @beermogul.

F1 Strategy Report Spanish Grand Prix 2016

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Formula Legend Strategy Report – Spanish Grand Prix 2016
Round 5 – 66 Laps – 4.655km per lap – 307.104km race distance – medium tyre wear
Spanish GP F1 Strategy Report Podcast – featuring Matt Clayton from Red Bull Australia’s Motorsports site

Formula 1 returned to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, a track the paddock knows very well, in style with a dramatic, unexpected and surprising Spanish Grand Prix. Few could have expected the result, as Max Verstappen drove to victory on his debut for the Red Bull team, becoming the sport’s youngest ever race winner. As always, there were plenty of strategic elements for us to sink our teeth into, here are the main headlines:

Three stop fails to pay off

The choice between a two and a three stop strategy ended up deciding the podium places. Red Bull and Ferrari both opted to split strategies with their cars, with Kimi Raikkonen and Verstappen stopping twice and Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo planning to pit three times.

It was brilliant to see four drivers battling it out and the tension continued to build as the laps counted down, as the strategies started to take shape. Pirelli actually predicted before the race that a three stop would be the quickest, but that fails to take into account how difficult it is to pass at the Barcelona track.

Plus, both Vettel and Ricciardo failed to make significant inroads into Verstappen and Raikkonen’s advantage in the final laps, not helped by traffic. Ricciardo then picked up a puncture and had to pit again, which dropped him to fifth, but he bounced back to fourth. Vettel had to settle for third, with the three stop failing to work out.

Two stop the way to go

So a two-stop race proved to be the winning strategy. Both Verstappen and Raikkonen stopped on lap 12, with the Red Bull then pitting one lap before Raikkonen. The undercut was very important in Spain and this helped Verstappen to keep the gap to the Ferrari at a comfortable level as the final stint began.

Tyre degradation wasn’t as high as expected at the circuit, some thought Verstappen and Raikkonen would lose life in their Pirelli mediums late on but that wasn’t the case. They were able to keep up a decent pace throughout the final laps, which helped them to stay ahead of the chasing Vettel and Ricciardo.

So it appears the three stop was the wrong choice and both Red Bull and Ferrari shot themselves in the foot by splitting strategies, it cost Vettel and Ricciardo the chance to properly challenge for the win, having looked so strong early on. Of course, this was all helped by the two Mercedes drivers taking each other out…

Avoiding the hard tyre

The hard Pirelli compound made its debut appearance in Spain but it was rarely used throughout the weekend. Some drivers struggled to get temperature into their tyres, especially in the cooler conditions earlier on in the on-track action, and the long life of the mediums meant they got much more use on Sunday.

Just two stints were completed in the whole race on the orange-marked tyres, with both Jolyon Palmer and Kevin Magnussen completing laps on the compound. But Magnussen couldn’t get the tyres to work and failed to reach the end of the race, having to stop again. Palmer made it to reach the chequered flag but the pace was pretty underwhelming, which goes to prove why it didn’t get much action.

Haas likes the soft compound

The Haas F1 team once again tried something different with more running on the soft tyre compound. Both Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez brought eight sets of the softs, unlike most of their rivals. Gutierrez completed two stints on the softs to elevate him to 11th overall, while Grosjean retired, but had been on course for a three-stop strategy, with three soft tyre stints and one unusually short one on the mediums mid-race.

Jack Leslie @JackLeslieF1

Longest Stints

Hard: Palmer (32 laps)
Medium: Guitierrez (35 laps)
Soft: Grosjean (19 laps)

Most Stops

Ricciardo (4 – including drive-throughs)

All the Data

Thanks to Pirelli Motorsport for the detailed infographics


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Stints by Driver

SCSafety Car
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Redbull3. Ricciardo
Start P3
Used Soft 11 lap Pit 21.738
Medium 17 laps Pit 22.104
Used Soft 15 laps Pit 21.683
Medium 22 laps Pit 23.133
Used Soft 1 laps -
Finished P4 (-1)

 

Ferrari5. Vettel
Start P6
Used Soft 15 laps Pit 21.643
Medium 14 laps Pit 22.617
Used Soft 8 laps Pit 21.603
Medium 29 laps -
Finished P3 (+3)

 

Merc6. Rosberg
Start P2
Retired Lap 1 (DNF)

 

Ferrari7. Raikkonen
Start P5
Used Soft 15 laps Pit 23.187
User Soft 14 laps Pit 22.844
Medium 8 laps Pit 34.832
Used Soft 19 laps -
Finished P2 (+3)

 

Redbull8. Grosjean
Start P14
Soft 15 laps Pit 23.187
Used Soft 14 laps Pit 22.844
Medium 8 laps Pit 34.832
Used Soft 19 laps -
Retired Lap 56 (DNF)

 

Sauber9. Ericsson
Start P19
Used Soft 9 laps Pit 22.84
Soft 15 laps Pit 23.122
Medium 16 laps Pit 22.897
Medium 25 laps -
Finished P12 (+7)

 

FI11. Perez
Start P9
Used Soft 9 lap Pit 22.679
Medium 26 laps Pit 21.918
Medium 31 laps -
Finished P7 (+2)

 

Sauber12. Nasr
Start P20
Soft 12 laps Pit 22.976
Medium 24 laps Pit 23.09
Medium 29 laps -
Finished P14 (+6)

 

Merc14. Alonso
Start P10
Used Soft 11 laps Pit 21.795
Medium 28 laps Pit 22.987
Medium 6 laps -
Retired Lap 45 (DNF)

 

Williams19. Massa
Start P18
Soft 8 Laps Pit 21.384
Medium 27 laps Pit 22.568
Soft 16 laps Pit 21.831
Medium 25 laps -
Finished P8 (+10)

 

Toro20. Magnussen
Start P15
Soft 10 laps Pit 22.843
Medium 20 laps Pit 23.165
Hard 25 laps Pit 22.122
Used Soft 10 laps -
Finished P15 (+0)
Toro21. Guttierrez
Start P16
Soft 16 lap Pit 23.206
Used Soft 14 laps Pit 22.43
Medium 35 laps -
Finished P11 (+5)

 

McLaren22. Button
Start P12
Soft 10 laps Pit 22.28
Medium 26 laps Pit 22/59
Medium 29 laps -
Finished P9 (+3)

 

Redbull26. Kvyat
Start P13
Used Soft 9 lap Pit 23.277
Medium 16 laps Pit 22.234
Medium 26 laps Pit 22.769
Soft 14 laps -
Finished P10 (+3)

 

FI27. Hulkenberg
Start P11
Soft 10 laps Pit 22.176
Medium 10 laps -
Retired Lap 20 (DNF)

 

Toro30. Palmer
Start P17
Soft 11 laps Pit 23.283
Medium 22 laps Pit 22.397
Hard 32 laps -
Finished P13 (+4)

 

Toro33. Verstappen
Start P3
Used Soft 12 laps Pit 22.369
Medium 22 laps Pit 22.348
Medium 32 laps -
Finished P1 (+2)

 

Merc44. Hamilton
Start P1
Retired Lap 1 (DNF)

 

Toro55. Sainz
Start P8
Used Soft 10 laps Pit 22.874
Medium 28 laps Pit 22.937
Medium 28 laps -
Finished P6 (+2)

 

Redbull77. Bottas
Start P7
Used Soft 12 laps Pit 21.856
Medium 27 laps Pit 22.443
Medium 27 laps -
Finished P5 (+2)

 

Toro88. Haryanto
Start P22
Medium 22 laps Pit 28.753
Medium 26 laps Pit 26.186
Soft 17 laps -
Finished P17 (+5)

 

Toro94. Wehrlein
Start P21
Soft 11 laps Pit 24.554
Medium 22 laps Pit 24.387
Medium 32 laps -
Finished P16 (+5)

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F1 Strategy Report Podcast 2016 Episode 4 – Russian Grand Prix

Episode 4 of the 2016 Strategy Podcast: by Formula Legend provides insight & analysis of strategic decisions made during the 2016 Russian Grand Prix.

Our host Michael Lamonato is joined by Luke Smith from NBC Sports.

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For full written report about the strategy plays in this race, and detailed data (including all the stints and tyre choices) click here. All of the previous written reports are here.

All of our previous F1 Strategy Report Podcasts are here.

If you’re into F1 strategy make sure you check out Formula Legend – it’s free for iOS & Android. Contact us on twitter @beermogul.

F1 Strategy Report Russian Grand Prix 2016

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Formula Legend Strategy Report – Russian Grand Prix 2016
Round 4 – 53 Laps – 5.848km per lap – 309.745km race distance – very low tyre wear
Russian GP F1 Strategy Report Podcast – featuring Luke Smith from NBC Sports

F1 returned to Russia and the Sochi Autodrom for the fourth round of the 2016 season. The unusual track produced an interesting race, one that started off with major drama but fizzled out as the chequered flag closed in. It threw up some interesting strategy calls, here are some of the main headlines from the Russian GP.

Red Bull tries the mediums

The medium Pirelli tyre was used for just four stints in total during the Russian Grand Prix. The compound was the most durable of the three brought to Sochi but the smooth track surface and cooler temperatures meant drivers struggled to get it up to temperature all weekend.

Through practice, it was clear the medium tyre wasn’t going to get much use in the race. But Red Bull tried it out anyway, with Daniel Ricciardo completing his second stint on the white-marked compound and Daniil Kvyat completing a huge 51-lap stint on it to end the race.

The team seemingly made the move in a bid to progress up the order by staying out longer, following the early pit stops for both drivers. But it failed to work out particularly well for both drivers. Ricciardo switched to the softs but Kvyat made it to the end. Esteban Gutierrez completed two stints on used mediums but also struggled to get the lap times from the tyre.

Why no ultra soft?

We’ve seen at the previous two F1 races in Russia that drivers have struggled with tyre temperatures, getting lap times out of the harder compounds and warming them up. We’ve also seen plenty of one stop strategies. But Pirelli still opted for the medium compound alongside the soft and super-soft.

What we witnessed on Sunday in Sochi was the majority of the field completing just one trip to the pits due to the durability of the tyres. Drivers found a lack of grip due to the smooth track surface. Pirelli claimed the new purple-marked ultra soft would be brought to street tracks. Well Sochi falls under that banner, why did we not see the compound debut in Russia? It would have thrown up some more strategy calls and stops, possibly producing more interesting on-track action as a result.

Kimi stays out

Ferrari used its performance edge to leapfrog Valtteri Bottas at the pit stops with Kimi Raikkonen. The Finn was quicker but struggled to match the Williams on the straights. The Ferrari had been able to get plenty of laps out of the super-softs, especially compared to his rivals, and he used this well by “overcutting” Bottas.

He stayed out four laps longer and emerged ahead of his countryman after his one and only stop, despite a slightly sluggish getaway from his box and a brilliantly quick tyre change from Williams. This freed him up to close on Lewis Hamilton late in the race, while Bottas faded in the closing stages.

Force India go long

Sergio Perez is known for keeping his tyres in good shape but even he couldn’t complete a super long stint on the soft compound, like many expected him to do. Some thought Force India was trying to go to the end on the set but they were scrubbed and he had stopped at the end of lap one, following a puncture, so it seems unlikely he could have reached the chequered flag anyway. He stopped for a second time on lap 27.

Sauber mixes things up

The strategy options of the two Sauber drivers was something very interesting. Marcus Ericsson pitted on the opening lap due to damage and, having started on the softs, went onto the super-soft. He managed a surprising 27 laps on the tyre before switching to another set for a similarly long final stint. It was impressive but failed to really put him in contention for points. Nasr stopped on lap 12 and moved from the option to the middle compound, making it to the end with a 40-lap stint.

One stop for most

The durable tyre compounds meant many drivers completed just one stop. Felipe Massa was the highest placed driver on a two-stop, having pitted late on for the super-softs, while the majority of those who did pit again was because they were forced to stop at the end of lap one for repairs after getting caught up in the chaos at the second and third corners.

Race winner Nico Rosberg had a relatively simple strategy. As he was untroubled at the front for most of the race, he was able to eke out his stints, with 21 laps on the super-soft and 32 laps on the soft tyre.

Jack Leslie @JackLeslieF1

Longest Stints

Medium: Kvyat (51 laps)
Soft: Sainz (41 laps)
Supersoft: Ericsson (27 laps)

Most Stops

Kvyat, Gutierrez, Perez, Ericsson, Ricciardo, Wehrlein, Massa (2 – including drive-throughs)

All the Data

Thanks to Pirelli Motorsport for the detailed infographics


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Stints by Driver

SCSafety Car
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Redbull3. Ricciardo
Start P5
Used Supersoft 1 lap Pit 47.763
Medium 28 laps Pit 31.205
Soft 23 laps -
Finished P11 (-6)

 

Ferrari5. Vettel
Start P7
Retired Lap 1 (DNF)

 

Merc6. Rosberg
Start P1
Used Supersoft 21 laps Pit 29.709
Soft 32 laps -
Finish P1 (+0)

 

Ferrari7. Raikkonen
Start P3
Used Supersoft 20 laps Pit 30.498
Soft 36 laps -
Finished P3 (+0)

 

Redbull8. Grosjean
Start P15
Supersoft 17 laps Pit 31.42
Soft 35 laps -
Finished P8 (+7)

 

Sauber9. Ericsson
Start P22
Soft 1 laps Pit 30.529
Supersoft 27 laps Pit 30.433
Supersoft 24 laps -
Finished P14 (+8)

 

FI11. Perez
Start P6
Used Supersoft 1 lap Pit 32.8
Used Soft 26 laps Pit 30.4
Used Soft 25 laps -
Finished P9 (-3)

 

Sauber12. Nasr
Start P19
Supersoft 12 laps Pit 30.259
Soft 40 laps -
Finished P16 (+3)

 

Merc14. Alonso
Start P14
Supersoft 21 laps Pit 29.751
Soft 31 laps -
Finished P6 (+8)

 

Williams19. Massa
Start P4
Used Supersoft 18 Laps Pit 29.551
Soft 28 laps Pit 30.065
Used Supersoft 7 laps -
Finished P5 (-1)

 

Toro20. Magnussen
Start P17
Supersoft 16 laps Pit 30.585
Soft 36 laps -
Finished P7 (+10)
Toro21. Guttierrez
Start P16
Soft 1 lap Pit 40.169
Used Medium 8 laps Pit 25.037
Used Medium 43 laps -
Finished P17 (-1)

 

McLaren22. Button
Start P12
Supersoft 20 laps Pit 30.58
Soft 32 laps -
Finished P10 (+2)

 

Redbull26. Kvyat
Start P8
Used Supersoft 1 lap Pit 41.282
Medium 51 laps -
Finished P15 (-7)

 

FI27. Hulkenberg
Start P13
Retired Lap 1 (DNF)

 

Toro30. Palmer
Start P18
Supersoft 14 laps Pit 30.805
Soft 38 laps -
Finished P13 (+5)

 

Toro33. Verstappen
Start P9
Used Supersoft 22 laps Pit 30.553
Soft 11 laps -
Retired Lap 32 (DNF)

 

Merc44. Hamilton
Start P10
Used Supersoft 17 laps Pit 30.001
Soft 36 laps -
Finished P2 (+8)

 

Toro55. Sainz
Start P11
Supersoft 11 laps Pit 30.805
Soft 41 laps -
Finished P12 (-1)

 

Redbull77. Bottas
Start P2
Used Supersoft 16 laps Pit 29.841
Soft 37 laps -
Finished P4 (-2)

 

Toro88. Haryanto
Start P21
Retired Lap 1 (DNF)

 

Toro94. Wehrlein
Start P20
Supersoft 13 laps Pit 31.433
Soft 26 laps Pit 57.151
Supersoft 12 laps -
Finished P18 (+2)

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Boletim Estratégico: GP da China 2016

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Formula Legend Strategy Report – Grande Prêmio da China 2016
3ª etapa – 56 voltas – 5.451km por volta – 305.066km distância total – alto desgaste de pneus
Chinese GP F1 Strategy Report Podcast – com Trent Price

English version click here

Corridas eletrizantes e cheias de ação já viraram a cara de 2016. O GP da China não fugiu a regra e proporcionou muito drama e emoção, com o novo regulamento de pneus se mostrando efetivo novamente.

Diversos incidentes, inúmeras estratégias e um grid muito misturado em grande parte da prova ditaram o ritmo do domingo. Nico Rosberg venceu novamente, se juntando a Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel e Alberto Ascari no seleto grupo de pilotos com seis vitórias consecutivas.

Rosberg lucra em uma estratégia alternativa

O vencedor da prova optou por uma estratégia bem diferente, a qual começou a ser executada ainda no sábado. Rosberg fechou o Q2 na 3ª posição com os pneus macios, se classificando sem sustos para a parte final do Quali. Como os pilotos que passam para o Q3 largam com os pneus utilizados na etapa anterior, o alemão chegou ao grid com o pneus amarelos no domingo.

A Mercedes já apresentava um bom ritmo com os macios durante os treinos livres, além disso, o traçado que proporciona um índice alto de degradação tornava os macios muito mais fortes que os super macios devido a velocidade e durabilidade. Se apoiando nos pneus amarelos, Rosberg parou apenas duas vezes durante o GP, permanecendo na pista durante o carro de segurança, trocando para outro set de macios e terminando a prova nos médios.

A estratégia funcionou perfeitamente e sua pilotagem equilibrada rendeu acachapantes 40 segundos de diferença para o 2º colocado no fim da prova, certamente aliviando a pressão da equipe durante o Gp e evitando desgastes de pneu extras para o alemão.

Médios usados com frequência

Após uma performance duvidosa no Bahrein, os pneus médios foram usados com muita frequência na China, graças a durabilidade do composto no circuito de Shanghai. Muitas equipes sofreram com alto desgastes durante os treinos livres, o que praticamente inutilizou os super macios nessas condições de pista.

Os macios e médios foram os viram mais ação no Domingo. Era esperado que os pneus amarelos fossem usados com mais frequência e a teoria se comprovou durante a prova, já que vimos muitos stints menores com este composto. Entretanto, os médios também receberam sua parcela de atenção perto do fim da corrida, alguns pilotos com Ericsson e Alonso, até usaram dois sets de pneus médios.

Três paradas foram a estratégia ideal

No total, 15 pilotos completaram três paradas no GP da China, sendo a estratégia mais utilizada devido ao alto índice de desgaste de pneus no circuito, abrindo o leque de opções para o uso de diferentes compostos. A estratégia mais comum foi largar com Super macios, partir para dois stints de macios e terminar a prova com médios.

Mesmo assim, diversas estratégias diferentes foram usadas. Rosberg conseguiu parar apenas duas vezes largando com os macios e permanecendo na pista durante o carro de segurança. Boa parte do pelotão parou durante o Safety Car logo após os incidentes da primeira volta, gerando um pitlane bem movimentado, ainda sim, alguns pilotos ficaram na pista e conseguiram fazer uma estratégia de apenas duas paradas funcionar.

Caos nas primeiras voltas gera mais paradas

Muitos pilotos foram forçados a fazer mais paradas que o planejado devido ao caos nas primeiras voltas do Gp. Já na longa primeira curva, Vettel e Kimi colidiram e o finlandês rodou em direção a RBR de Daniil Kvyat, causando um dano na asa dianteira da Ferrari. Raikkonen parou no fim da volta 1, assim como Grosjean e Felipe Nasr, ambos com problemas na asa dianteira.

Hamilton largou em ultimo, vítima de um problema no ERS durante o Quali, e foi atingido por Nasr na primeira curva, também perdendo a asa dianteira e sendo forçado a parar no fim da primeira volta. O britânico ainda parou duas vezes durante o carro de segurança para se livrar dos super macios. Nico Hulkenberg ainda foi punido e teve que pagar um drivethrough, comprometendo completamente sua corrida.

A mudança da regra de pneus, entregando três compostos por GP, colaborou para corridas eletrizantes no início dessa temporada. Pilotos batalhando fora de posição e com compostos diferentes. A maior parte do grid tem conseguido guardar pelo menos um set de cada pneu para o domingo, aumentando a variedade de estratégias e alternativas. Isso também aumenta a possibilidade de erros, como por exemplo a tentativa de apenas duas paradas da McLaren com Jenson Button, o britânico não conseguiu levar o seu útimo set de médios até o final e foi obrigado a parar novamente.

Corridas de recuperação muito efetivas

Após tantos incidentes e problemas na primeira volta, fomos presenteados com corridas de recuperação incríveis. Vettel caiu para oitavo devido ao incidente na primeira curva mas o ritmo intenso da Ferrari e uma estratégia de três paradas muito bem executada o colocando em um sólido segundo lugar.

Daniel Ricciardo sofreu um furo de pneu enquanto liderava a prova na volta 3. Sua 2ª posição no Quali provou que o RB12 tinha ritmo de prova e isso ficou ainda mais evidente enquanto o australiano fatiava rapidamente o pelotão. Também parando três vezes, foi agressivo durante praticamente toda a corrida, terminando em uma merecida 4ª colocação.

Kimi Raikkonen foi obrigado a parar na primeira volta para reparar sua danificada Ferrari e ainda aproveitou a ocasião para colocar os pneus amarelos. Um longo stint nos pneus médios ajudou o finlandês a superar pilotos mais lentos enquanto calçava o composto mais resistente, completando apenas três paradas, ao contrário de Hamilton.

Kimi e Lewis chegaram a correr juntos após as confusões da primeira volta. No entanto, o britânico parou 5 vezes, duas sob safety car, completando alguns stints menores com os pneus amarelos. O atual campeão optou por terminar a corrida com os médios mas o longo stint fez com que sua corrida de recuperação terminasse mais cedo. Hamilon cruzou a linha de chegada em 7º, duas posições atrás de Kimi.

Jack Leslie @JackLeslieF1 – BR version by Fernando Campos

Stints mais longos

Médios: Perez (28 Voltas)
Macios: Vettel (21 Voltas)
Super Macios: Vettel (13 Voltas)

Mais paradas

Grojean e Hulkenberg (4 – Incluindo drive-throughs)

All the Data

Thanks to Pirelli Motorsport for the detailed infographics


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Stints by Driver

SCSafety Car
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Redbull3. Ricciardo
Start P2
Used Supersoft 3 laps Pit 24.392
Soft 19 laps Pit 22.461
Soft 18 laps Pit 22.426
Medium 37 laps -
Finished P4 (+2)

 

Ferrari5. Vettel
Start P4
Used Supersoft 4 laps Pit 30.115
Supersoft 13 laps Pit 22.276
Soft 18 laps Pit 22.35
Soft 21 laps -
Finished P2

 

Merc6. Rosberg
Start P1
Used Soft 20 laps Pit 22.831
Soft 16 laps Pit 23.559
Medium 20 laps -
Finish P1 (+0)

 

Ferrari7. Raikkonen
Start P3
Used Supersoft 1 laps Pit 31.134
Soft 14 laps Pit 23.296
Medium 23 laps Pit 22.832
Soft 19 laps -
Finished P2 (+2)

 

Redbull8. Grosjean
Start P14
Soft 1 laps Pit 58.563
Soft 19 laps Pit 24.615
Used Soft 13 laps Pit 23.342.063
Supersoft 11 laps Pit 23.284
Used Supersoft 11 laps -
Finished P19 (-5)

 

Sauber9. Ericsson
Start P15
Soft 4 laps Pit 23.955
Medium 24 laps Pit 23.563
Medium 27 laps -
Finished P16 (-1)

 

FI11. Perez
Start P7
Used Supersoft 4 laps Pit 23.215
Soft 14 laps Pit 22.485
Soft 10 laps Pit 22.351
Medium 28 laps -
Finished P11 (-4)

 

Sauber12. Nasr
Start P16
Soft 1 laps Pit 36.852
Medium 19 lap Pit 23.735
Used Medium 20 laps Pit 25.357
Used Soft 15 laps -
Finished P20 (-4)

 

Merc14. Alonso
Start P11
Soft 16 laps Pit 22.874
Medium 16 laps Pit 22.927
Medium 24 laps -
Finished P12 (-1)

 

Williams19. Massa
Start P10
Soft 19 Laps Pit 22.124
Soft 12 laps Pit 23.349
Medium 25 laps -
Finished P6 (+4)

 

Toro20. Magnussen
Start P17
Supersoft 4 laps Pit 23.158
Soft 16 laps Pit 23.257
Soft 15 laps Pit 22.677
Medium 20 laps -
Finished P17 (+0)
Toro21. Guttierrez
Start P18
Soft 19 laps Pit 23.878
Soft 15 laps Pit 22.963
Supersoft 9 laps Pit 23.07
Supersoft 12 laps -
Finished P14 (+4)

 

McLaren22. Button
Start P12
Supersoft 4 laps Pit 24.072
Medium 23 laps Pit 23.029
Medium 17 laps Pit 22.51
Used Supersoft 12 laps -
Finished P13 (-1)

 

Redbull26. Kvyat
Start P6
Used Supersoft 4 laps Pit 24.084
Soft 15 laps Pit 22.607
Soft 16 laps Pit 22.684
Medium 21 laps -
Finished P3 (+3)

 

FI27. Hulkenberg
Start P13
Used Supersoft 4 lap Pit 27.683
Soft 13 laps Pit 23.867
Soft 9 laps Pit 29.57
Medium 20 laps Pit 22.79
Used Supersoft 9 laps -
Finished P15 (-2)

 

Toro30. Palmer
Start P19
Soft 15 laps Pit 22.799
Supersoft 9 laps Pit 23.28
Soft 14 laps Pit 24.099
Medium 17 laps -
Finished P22 (-3)

 

Toro33. Verstappen
Start P9
Used Supersoft 4 laps Pit 30.034
Soft 16 laps Pit 23.744
Medium 19 laps Pit 23.13
Sof 17 laps -
Finished P8 (+1)

 

Merc44. Hamilton
Start P22
Soft 1 laps Pit 29.322
Soft 4 laps Pit 25.179
Supersoft 1 laps Pit 22.301
Soft 15 laps Pit 22.626
Used Soft 9 laps -
Finished P7 (+15)

 

Toro55. Sainz
Start P8
Used Supersoft 4 laps Pit 25.754
Soft 15 laps Pit 22.832
Soft 14 laps Pit 24.269
Medium 23 laps -
Finished P9 (-1)

 

Redbull77. Bottas
Start P5
Used Supersoft 4 lap Pit 22.682
Soft 17 laps Pit 22.63
Soft 9 laps Pit 22.747
Medium 26 laps -
Finished P10 (-5)

 

Toro88. Haryanto
Start P20
Soft 18 laps Pit 23.183
Soft 10 laps Pit 24.635
Used Soft 12 laps Pit 24.369
Medium 15 laps -
Finished P21 (-1)

 

Toro94. Wehrlein
Start P21
Soft 15 laps Pit 26.969
Soft 12 laps Pit 24.104
Soft 16 laps Pit 24.274
Supersoft 12 laps -
Finished P18 (+3)

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