Lewis Hamilton has made it three
one-two finishes for Mercedes from the first three grands prix of the
season, after leading from the first corner. The majority of the field
stopped twice during the 1000th race in Formula 1 history, with the top five
finishers adopting identical two-stop medium-hard-medium strategies. Cooler
temperatures than anticipated influenced tyre behaviour in the race.
- Tactics were at the forefront of the race, with each of the top teams
monitoring each other closely and reacting accordingly.
- Following a very warm Saturday, conditions today were cooler and more
overcast, with air temperature peaking at 21 degrees and track temperature
at 29 degrees.
- At each of the stops, Red Bull and Max Verstappen were the first to pit –
prompting their rivals to do the same. The top five on the grid, who all
started on the medium tyre, were also the top five at the finish – albeit in
a slightly different order.
- Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly was the highest-placed driver to start on the soft
tyre, starting and finishing in sixth place after using all three compounds
(along with seven other drivers). He made a third stop with one lap to go to
put on the soft tyre and score the point for fastest lap.
- Toro Rosso’s Alex Albon scored a point with 10th place after starting from
the pit lane: he stopped once from soft to hard (the same strategy as
Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo).
HOW EACH TYRE PERFORMED
HARD C2: This was used by every driver in the race apart from Alfa Romeo’s
Antonio Giovinazzi, who started from the back after a problem in qualifying.
In today’s cooler conditions, it sustained some abrasion on the front that
affected performance compared to the warmer temperatures of Friday and
MEDIUM C3: While it was in theory a second slower than the soft, this turned
out to be a very good race tyre with an excellent balance of performance and
degradation, used to start and finish the race by the top five finishers.
SOFT C4: Used to set fastest lap right at the end of the race by Gasly. The
Frenchman and Toro Rosso’s Alex Albon completed a long opening stint on this
MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF F1 AND CAR RACING
“Today was cooler than yesterday, a factor that affected the performance of
the hard tyre and led the frontrunners to put on the medium in order to find
extra performance in the final stint. Strategy was a key element of the
race, with all the teams watching each other carefully and timing their pit
stops to counteract moves from their rivals. We even saw both Mercedes cars
stop on the same lap. The majority of the drivers stopped twice, but we saw
an interesting mix of one and two stop strategies – as well as even three
stops for Pierre Gasly, who used an extra stop for the soft tyre to his
advantage by claiming the point for fastest lap. Congratulations also to
Alex Albon, who turned round an unfortunate situation yesterday to score a