Vettel Uses A Two Stop Strategy To Win The Singapore Grand Prix
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel took his third victory of the season at the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday using a two stop strategy. The German who started the race from pole position on a used set of Super Soft tyres made his first stop on lap 13 for a new set of Super Soft tyres and than made his second stop on lap 37 for new Soft tyres.
Felipe Massa in his Williams, Marcus Ericsson in the Sauber, the Lotus F1 Team’s Pastor Maldonado, the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz and Jenson Button in the McLaren all opted for a three stop strategy.
Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen completed 25 consecutive laps on the Super Soft while Romain Grosjean completed 33 laps on the Soft compound tyre and speaking following the race, Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery commented by saying:
Tactics and tyre management played an important role during this evening’s race. Conditions were as tough as ever in Singapore, with the heat, humidity and sheer length of the race, but Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel were able to get the very best out of the tyres and the strategy, knowing when to push and when to keep something in reserve. It was a perfect race from him. The strategy for every team was obviously affected by the two safety car periods, which had the effect of stretching out the stints. As a result, we saw more drivers moving towards a two-stop strategy rather than a three-stopper. All the way down the field though, there was some different thinking about which order would be the best one to use the tyres in. With such a long race distance, looking after the tyres most effectively was crucial to success, especially in the closing stages.