Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc
converted his pole position to victory in Spa, using a one-stop soft-medium
strategy that we had predicted as the optimal tactic. This same strategy was
used by the top three (who all made their single stops within three laps of
each other) with the Mercedes cars of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas
completing the podium.
* Sebastian Vettel, who started from second on the grid, was the first of
the frontrunners to pit for mediums. Having led the race, he then made a
second stop for soft tyres and emerged fourth, which is where he finished.
He also claimed the extra championship point for fastest lap. Vettel was one
of just three drivers in the top 10 to stop twice.
* Weather conditions were much cooler than they had been previously, with
track temperatures consistently below 30 degrees centigrade throughout the
* Two of the five drivers who started the race quite far down the grid on
the medium tyre (with everyone else starting on the soft) finished in the
top 10. One of them was Red Bull’s new driver Alex Albon – who ended up
fifth, after starting 17th.
* The longest stint on the medium was done by Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo who
drove practically the entire race on it, after getting caught up in a
* McLaren’s Lando Norris was on course for his best-ever result in fifth
place with a soft-medium strategy before retiring on the final lap due to a
HOW EACH TYRE PERFORMED
HARD C1: Not seen at all during the race, with today’s cool temperatures
favouring the softer compounds, and hardly used throughout the weekend.
MEDIUM C2: Proved to be extremely well-suited to the demands of Spa, with
some very long stints. Leclerc and Hamilton’s strong management of this
compound during the final stint was key to the end battle and Leclerc’s
SOFT C3: Used by nearly all of the drivers to start the race and claimed
fastest lap close to the finish with Vettel. Thanks to the cooler
temperatures, the soft demonstrated better performance compared to what was
seen in free practice.
MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF F1 AND CAR RACING
“Congratulations to Ferrari and Charles Leclerc for his well-deserved first
victory, after what has been an extremely difficult weekend for the whole
motorsport community with the loss of Anthoine Hubert. Charles executed the
theoretically fastest tyre strategy perfectly, managing his final set of
mediums very well under a lot of pressure from Lewis Hamilton at the end.
One of the big challenges for all the drivers today was adapting to very
different weather conditions to what we had seen previously this weekend,
which made wear and degradation rates quite tricky to anticipate.”