Shanghai 2009: Pitstop & Fuel Strategies

Shanghai 2009: Pitstop & Fuel Strategies

The strategies for the race went out of the window this morning as the drivers and teams awoke to rain falling over the Shanghai circuit. All cars started the race on full wet weather tyres and for most, this was the only option through all the 56 laps completed. The only driver to try anything courageous was Nico Rosberg, who pitted on L41 for intermediate rubber. The German promptly reverted to full wets nine laps later having realised he was ~2s shy of the front-runners pace. Sebastian Vettel won the race on a standard two-stop run.

Shanghai 2009
Pitstop Strategies

Stint 1
(Start Tyre)

Stint 2
(Lap)

Stint 3
(Lap)

Stint 4
(Lap)

McLaren
British FlagLewis Hamilton Wet Wet (33)
Finnish FlagHeikki Kovalainen Wet Wet (33)
Ferrari
Finnish FlagKimi Raikkonen Wet Wet (27)
Brazilian FlagFelipe Massa Wet DNF (21)
BMW
German FlagNick Heidfeld Wet Wet (18)
Polish FlagRobert Kubica Wet Wet (36) Wet (?)
Renault
Spanish FlagFernando Alonso Wet Wet (7) Wet (36
Brazilian FlagNelson Piquet Jr. Wet Wet (20) Wet (29) Wet (?)
Toyota
Italian FlagJarno Trulli Wet Wet (19) DNF (20)
German FlagTimo Glock Wet Wet (24)
Scuderia Toro Rosso
German FlagSebastien Buemi Wet Wet (19) Wet (46)
French FlagSebastien Bourdais Wet Wet (30)
Red Bull Racing
British FlagSebastian Vettel Wet Wet (15) Wet (37)
Australian FlagMark Webber Wet Wet (14) Wet (39)
Williams
German FlagNico Rosberg Wet Wet (5) Int. (41) Wet (50)
Japanese FlagKazuki Nakajima Wet Wet (32) Wet (42) DNF (45)
Force India
Italian FlagGiancarlo Fisichella Wet Wet (33)
German FlagAdrian Sutil Wet Wet (3) Wet (19) DNF (51)
Brawn
British FlagJenson Button Wet Wet (19) Wet (42)
Brazilian FlagRubens Barrichello Wet Wet (19) Wet (44)
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