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Spain 2009: Pitstop & Tyre Strategies

Spain 2009: Pitstop & Tyre Strategies

The pitstops and tyre strategies proved interesting for the Spanish Grand Prix, with eventual race winner Jenson Button being switched to a two-stopper despite the team’s simulations indicating that three stops was the faster option. Rubens Barrichello remained on a three-stopper and finished the race in second. All drivers started on the soft compound apart from Giancarlo Fisichella and Sebastian Bourdais, who tallied four stops during the race. Most teams opted for a two-stop race, although Kazuki Nakajima joined Barrichello with three visits to his team.

Spain 2009
Pitstop Strategies

Stint 1
(Start Tyre)

Stint 2
(Lap)

Stint 3
(Lap)

Stint 4
(Lap)

Stint 5
(Lap)

McLaren
British FlagLewis Hamilton Soft Soft (30) Hard (48)
Finnish FlagHeikki Kovalainen Soft DNF (7)
Ferrari
Finnish FlagKimi Raikkonen Soft DNF (19)
Brazilian FlagFelipe Massa Soft Soft (21) Hard (43)
BMW
German FlagNick Heidfeld Soft Soft (30) Hard (50)
Polish FlagRobert Kubica Soft Soft (23) Hard (46)
Renault
Spanish FlagFernando Alonso Soft Soft (19) Hard (44)
Brazilian FlagNelson Piquet Jr. Soft Soft (?) Hard (46)
Toyota
Italian FlagJarno Trulli Soft DNF (1)
German FlagTimo Glock Soft Soft (18) Hard (47)
Scuderia Toro Rosso
German FlagSebastien Buemi Soft DNF (1)
French FlagSebastien Bourdais Hard DNF (1)
Red Bull Racing
British FlagSebastian Vettel Soft Soft (21) Hard (43)
Australian FlagMark Webber Soft Soft (20) Hard (49)
Williams
German FlagNico Rosberg Soft Soft (25) Hard (49)
Japanese FlagKazuki Nakajima Soft Soft (1) Soft (37) Hard (51)
Force India
Italian FlagGiancarlo Fisichella Hard Soft (1) Soft (29) Soft (53) Soft (55)
German FlagAdrian Sutil Soft DNF (1)
Brawn
British FlagJenson Button Soft Soft (19) Hard (48)
Brazilian FlagRubens Barrichello Soft Soft (20) Soft (30) Hard (49)

Oliver White

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