Australia 2009: Pitstop & Fuel Strategies

Australia 2009: Pitstop & Fuel Strategies

The strategies employed for the Australian Grand Prix were fairly standard with most teams aiming for a two stopper during the 58 laps. As with 2008, all drivers must use both compounds of tyre, which for the Albert Park race was Super-Soft and Medium. New for 2009 is the different grades of compounds issued by Bridgestone; they’re further apart, which made the difference between the stints even more noticeable. The Super-Soft tyre degraded after about ten laps of the circuit, so all drivers used the Medium tyre for much of the race.

Australia 2009
Pitstop Strategies

Stint 1
(Start Tyre)

Stint 2

Stint 3

Stint 4

British FlagLewis Hamilton Super-Soft Medium (12) Medium (44)
Finnish FlagHeikki Kovalainen Medium
Finnish FlagKimi Raikkonen Super-Soft Medium (10) Medium (40) Super-Soft (44)
Brazilian FlagFelipe Massa Super-Soft Medium (12) Medium (32)
German FlagNick Heidfeld Medium Medium (1) Medium (20) Super-Soft (44)
Polish FlagRobert Kubica Super-Soft Medium (13) Medium (40)
Spanish FlagFernando Alonso Medium Medium (20) Super-Soft (52)
Brazilian FlagNelson Piquet Jr. Medium Medium (20)
Italian FlagJarno Trulli Super-Soft Medium (10) Medium (34)
German FlagTimo Glock Medium Medium (19) Super-Soft (51)
Scuderia Toro Rosso
German FlagSebastien Buemi Medium Medium (19) Super-Soft (42)
French FlagSebastien Bourdais Super-Soft Medium (10) Medium (22)
Red Bull Racing
British FlagSebastian Vettel Medium Medium (17) Super-Soft (46)
Australian FlagMark Webber Medium Medium (1) Super-Soft (36)
German FlagNico Rosberg Medium Medium (17) Super-Soft (45)
Japanese FlagKazuki Nakajima Medium
Force India
Italian FlagGiancarlo Fisichella Medium Medium (20) Super-Soft (50)
German FlagAdrian Sutil Medium Medium (1) Super-Soft (23) Medium (35)
British FlagJenson Button Medium Medium (19) Super-Soft (47)
Brazilian FlagRubens Barrichello Medium Medium (19) Super-Soft (52)

Most drivers started the race on the Medium compound, hoping to run until about ten laps from the end and then use the softer of the tyres for the final dash to the chequered flag.

Exceptions to this were both Ferraris, Robert Kubica, Jarno Trulli, Sebastien Bourdais and Lewis Hamilton. Some drivers ended up making an extra stop due to sustaining damage in the first corner accident, although Rubens Barrichello – the main driver involved – was able to get his car through to his first scheduled pitstop.


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