Brazil 2008: Pitstop & Tyre Strategies

Brazil 2008: Pitstop & Tyre Strategies

Well, that was a race and a half concerning pit stops. There were so many I actually lost count. The following information is just from my own observation, and I rushed the post for Sidepodcast and their live recording of their podcast. I think my math is wrong but I’ll correct it later tonight. Most started on wets, although Robert Kubica started on mediums, but pitted for wets and took the start from the pitlane.

Brazil 2008: Tyre/Race Strategies

Prime Tyre: Medium

Option Tyre: Hard

Wets: Intermediates

Due to the start of the race being wet, the drivers were able to run on one tyre for the entire race – the rule about running both compounds is negated in these circumstances.

Driver/Team Stint 1
(Lap)
Stint 2
(Lap)
Stint 3
(Lap)
Stint 4
(Lap)
Stint 5
(Lap)
Stint 6
(Lap)

McLaren

Lewis Hamilton Wet Hard (9) Hard (38) Wet (64)
Heikki Kovalainen Wet Hard (8) Hard (40) Wet (63)

Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen Wet Hard (9) Hard (39) Wet (64)
Felipe Massa Wet Hard (8) Hard (35) Wet (65)

BMW

Nick Heidfeld Wet Hard (?) Hard (40) Wet (63)
Robert Kubica Wet (0) Hard (?) Hard (45) Wet (63)

Renault

Fernando Alonso Wet Hard (6) Hard (38) Wet (65)
Nelson Piquet Jr. Wet

Toyota

Jarno Trulli Wet Hard (9) Hard (47)
Timo Glock Wet Hard (6) Hard (44)

Scuderia Toro Rosso

Sebastian Vettel Wet Hard (7) Hard (?) Hard (49) Wet (65)
Sebastien Bourdais Wet Hard (5) Hard (36) Extreme (?) Wet (65)

Red Bull Racing

David Coulthard Wet
Mark Webber Wet Hard (6) Hard (46) Wet (65)

Williams

Nico Rosberg Wet Hard (5) Hard (38) Wet (65)
Kazuki Nakajima Wet Hard (6) Hard (50) Wet (61)

Honda

Rubens Barrichello Wet Hard (6) Hard (38) Extreme (?) Wet (64)
Jenson Button Wet Hard (6) Hard (34) Hard (?) Extreme (?) Wet (65)

Force India

Giancarlo Fisichella Wet Medium (1) Medium (36) Extreme (?) Wet (65)
Adrian Sutil Wet Medium (6) Medium (42) Extreme (?) Wet (62)
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8 comments

  • Yeah, I know. Autosport is often late for the recording of Sidepodcast, so they ask me to put something up before hand. However, I was under the impression the recording wouldn’t be until tomorrow, so I just sitting here all relaxed, sipping me beer and chillin’ out. Then they came on and panicked me. I’ll correct it later though. Many thanks though, although Autosport don’t list the pitstop lap number, ‘cos they’re lame. 🙂

  • shouldn’t it read medium (prime) and soft (option), with only force india using the soft tyres?

    and, thanks for the heads-up on the wet start tyre ruling.

  • I just sitting here all relaxed, sipping me beer and chillin’ out. Then they came on and panicked me.

    erm, sorry ’bout that.

    but many, many thanks for getting it up there with literally moments to spare 🙂

  • shouldn’t it read medium (prime) and soft (option), with only force india using the soft tyres?

    Probably. I’ve given up now for the season – I have an off-season to deal with. But thanks Jim. I only implemented this feature for the final two races, so it is very rough and ready. I hope to make it a great deal better for the 2009 season.

    but many, many thanks for getting it up there with literally moments to spare

    No problem. I enjoy the pressure. 😉

    autosport’s effort doesn’t look as nice or print as well either

    I know, I know! 🙂

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