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2016 German Grand Prix – Race

2016 German Grand Prix – Race

LEWIS HAMILTON WINS FROM SECOND ON THE GRID, ALTERNATING THE P ZERO SUPERSOFT AND SOFT TYRE

MIXTURE OF STRATEGIES SEEN AT THE GERMAN GRAND PRIX AS PREDICTED, WITH MOST DRIVERS ON THREE STOPS

Hockenheim, July 31, 2016 – As expected there were a number of different strategies in play at the German Grand Prix, with mostly three stops seen and many teams splitting their race strategies.

One of those teams was Mercedes, with race winner Lewis Hamilton alternating the supersoft and soft tyre, whereas polesitter Nico Rosberg started with two sets of supersoft and then ended the race on two sets of soft. Another variation was the case within Red Bull, as podium finishers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen also chose different configurations of race strategy. However, both Red Bull drivers ended the race on the supersoft compound in order to take advantage of its additional speed.

Track temperature remained in the region of 38 degrees throughout the race: similar to the conditions seen yesterday, despite a small threat of rain right at the end. There were also a number of on-track battles further down the order, with teams taking advantage of the different strategies at work all the way to the finish.

The Hockenheim circuit was largely unchanged since last making an appearance on the Formula 1 calendar in 2014, with quite old and bumpy asphalt that proved to be reasonably demanding for the tyres. As a result, a number of drivers adapted their strategies from two to three stops in order to guarantee the pace they needed. The highest-placed two-stopper was Williams driver Valtteri Bottas, who finished seventh.

Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director: “It was a race during which strategy became very important. During the first laps with heavy fuel we experienced higher thermal degradation than expected, and this led many to select the three-stop strategy that we identified yesterday as being theoretically fastest. It was very much a question of monitoring the wear and degradation rates and thinking on their feet, in order to adapt the race strategy to changing circumstances.”

Fastest times of the day by compound

  Medium Soft Supersoft
First   VET 1m18.710s RIC   1m18.442s
Second   HAM 1m18.746s VER  1m18.910s
Third   ROS 1m19.122s HAM 1m19.452s

Longest stint of the race:

SOFT Magnussen 34 laps
SUPERSOFT Grosjean 23

Truthometer: We thought that three stops would be the winning strategy, which Hamilton, having benefitted from a good start and fast car – which enabled him to manage the race and his tyres. He made his pit stops on lap 14, 34, and 47, following the pattern that we had predicted.

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