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Turkey 2009: Pitstop & Tyre Strategies

Turkey 2009: Pitstop & Tyre Strategies

Most drivers started the Turkish Grand Prix on the preferred harder compound tyre and divided the race in to three stints with two stops. However, some decided to be a little daring and try three stops (and even one stop), but it seemed that the two-stop option turned out to be the faster. The talking point is Sebastian Vettel’s race, who started on a three-stopper, but after losing his advantage, Red Bull should have changed him to a two-stop. They didn’t and the German spent most of the afternoon chasing other drivers.

Two drivers suffered unusual pitstops in Istanbul; Jarno Trulli overshot his garage of mechanics, forcing them all to shift up in order to change the tyres and engage the fuel nozzle. Kazuki Nakajima was also delayed during one of his pitstops, the front-right wheel cover not going on properly.

Turkey 2009
Pitstop Strategies

Stint 1
(Start Tyre)

Stint 2
(Lap)

Stint 3
(Lap)

Stint 4
(Lap)

McLaren
British FlagLewis Hamilton Hard Soft (33)
Finnish FlagHeikki Kovalainen Soft Hard (19) Soft (43)
Ferrari
Finnish FlagKimi Raikkonen Hard Hard (18) Soft (44)
Brazilian FlagFelipe Massa Hard Hard (17) Soft (42)
BMW
German FlagNick Heidfeld Hard Hard (28) Soft (46)
Polish FlagRobert Kubica Hard Hard (21) Soft (44)
Renault
Spanish FlagFernando Alonso Soft Hard (15) Hard (47)
Brazilian FlagNelson Piquet Jr. Hard Hard (31) Soft (48)
Toyota
Italian FlagJarno Trulli Hard Hard (17) Soft (43)
German FlagTimo Glock Hard Hard (31) Soft(47)
Scuderia Toro Rosso
Swiss FlagSebastien Buemi Hard Hard (25) Soft (43)
French FlagSebastien Bourdais Hard Soft (33)
Red Bull Racing
German FlagSebastian Vettel Hard Hard (16) Hard (29) Soft (48)
Australian FlagMark Webber Hard Hard (18) Soft (43)
Williams
German FlagNico Rosberg Hard Hard (18) Soft (40)
Japanese FlagKazuki Nakajima Hard Hard (26) Soft (43)
Force India
Italian FlagGiancarlo Fisichella Hard DNF (4)
German FlagAdrian Sutil Hard Hard (21) Soft (37)
Brawn
British FlagJenson Button Hard Hard (17) Soft (43)
Brazilian FlagRubens Barrichello Hard Hard (14) Soft (39) DNF (48)

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