Australia 2010: Pitstop Strategies

The Australian Grand Prix looked to be a simple one-stop race right up until about ten minutes before the start. It was then that the light rainfall became heavier and the teams switched their cars to the intermediate tyre. With a wet weather compound in use, the otherwise mandatory route of using both dry weather tyres is ignored and the teams were left with either continuing with the intermediate, switching to full wet or running their preferred dry compound. The rain soon stopped and the drivers changed to the soft compound.

It was Jenson Button who blinked first, making the call to change to the dry tyres after he complained of having no balance on the intermediates. Interestingly, previous seasons have shown us how good the intermediate tyre is, being able to run in quite wet conditions through to an almost dry track. However, teams have been complaining of shot-inters after a handful of laps in the second free practice session on Friday.

As soon as Button started to set purple sector times, the field flooded into the pits to change their boots and from that point onwards, it was a case of nursing the tyres to see how far the drivers could take them. Button managed his rubber well and drove the majority of the race on the soft compound. Conversely, Ferrari and Red Bull Racing suffered less-good tyre control and struggled in the final few laps.

The race was still a predominantly one-stopper, but with the many incidents on-track, some drivers were forced to call in to their teams for cosmetic fixes as well. Michael Schumacher and Mark Webber each made three stops, the extra visit for a new nose and front wing. Surprisingly, both managed to get the cars home in the points, albeit in the final two paying positions.

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Australia 2010
Pitstop Strategies

Stint 1
(Start Tyre)

Stint 2
(Lap)

Stint 3
(Lap)

Stint 4
(Lap)

British Flag Jenson Button McLaren Intermediate Soft (6)
British Flag Lewis Hamilton McLaren Intermediate Soft (8) Soft (34)
German Flag Michael Schumacher Mercedes Intermediate Intermediate (1) Soft (8) Soft (29)
Germany Flag Nico Rosberg Mercedes Intermediate Soft (8) Soft (33)
German Flag Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing Intermediate Soft (9) DNF (25)
Australian Flag Mark Webber Red Bull Racing Intermediate Soft (10) Soft (32) Soft (56)
Brazilian Flag Felipe Massa Ferrari Intermediate Soft (8)
Spanish Flag Fernando Alonso Ferrari Intermediate Soft (8)
Brazilian Flag Rubens Barrichello Williams Intermediate Soft (8) Soft (31)
German Flag Nico Hulkenberg Williams Intermediate DNF (1)
Polish Flag Robert Kubica Renault Intermediate Soft (8)
Russian Flag Vitaly Petrov Renault Intermediate Soft (8) DNF (9)
German Flag Adrian Sutil Force India Intermediate DNF (9)
Italian Flag Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India Intermediate Soft (9)
Swiss Flag Sebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso Intermediate DNF (1)
Spanish Flag Jaime Alguersuari Scuderia Toro Rosso Intermediate Soft (9)
Italian Flag Jarno Trulli Lotus Intermediate DNF (1)
Finnish Flag Heikki Kovalainen Lotus Intermediate Soft (8)
Indian Flag Karun Chandhok Hispania Racing Intermediate Soft (8) Soft (46)
Brazilian Flag Bruno Senna Hispania Racing Intermediate DNF (4)
Spanish Flag Pedro De La Rosa Sauber Intermediate Soft (8)
Japanese Flag Kamui Kobayashi Sauber Intermediate DNF (1)
German Flag Timo Glock Virgin Racing Intermediate Soft (9) DNF (41)
Brazilian Flag Lucas Di Grassi Virgin Racing Intermediate Soft (10) DNF (26)

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