Sebastian Vettel won the Bahrain Grand Prix, third race of the F1 championship where many teams involved are supplied by BMC. The Ferrari’s driver used a two-stop strategy, from the second row of the grid. All the drivers apart from Sauber’s Pascal Wehrlein stopped twice, while his team mate Marcus Ericsson was the only driver to begin the race on the soft tyre. In the warm conditions of the evening, degradation was contained on both compounds, enabling the drivers to push hard throughout every stint.
Sebastian Vettel won the race with a two-stop strategy, as expected (depending on levels of degradation on the supersoft). The degradation level turned out to be medium, which meant that a two stop strategy with two initial stints on supersoft of 19 laps each, followed by a final run on the soft to the flag, was theoretically fastest (the arrival of the safety car caused many drivers to bring forward their first pit stops, to lap 13). This was the strategy adopted by both Vettel and Bottas, with Vettel stopping on laps 10 and 33. See the info graphic pit-stop summary.
The analysis of…
Mario Isola – Pirelli Motorsport – Head of Car Racing
“Strategy was at the heart of this race, which was influenced also by an early safety car. In any case, a two-stop strategy was clearly the way forward in these conditions, but we saw different variations of this strategy, depending on the order in which the drivers used the supersoft and soft. Cooler conditions compared to previous days resulted in lower degradation for the supersoft and very good consistency for the soft”.
Formula 1 Drivers’ Standing 2017
1 Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Ferrari 68
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG 61
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes AMG 38
4 Kimi Raikkonen Scuderia Ferrari 34
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 25
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 22
7 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 18
8 Sergio Perez Force India 14
9 Felipe Massa Williams 8
10 Kevin Magnussen Haas 4
Next race: 30th April, Russian Grand Prix, Sochi.