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German GP: Race team notes - Pirelli

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22/07/2018

The weather was pivotal to the German Grand Prix, with rain in the closing stages of the race making strategies almost impossible to predict. Despite the intensity of the rain, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was able to win with a one-stop soft-ultrasoft strategy, setting a rapid pace even on slick tyres.

A late safety car also affected the race, with Hamilton the only driver in the top six to stop only once, following a high-pressure finale in which teams tried to read the constantly-evolving grip levels. A number of drivers alternated between slick and intermediate tyres; one also used the full wets. But the final 10-lap sprint after the safety car came in was run with all the leaders on the ultrasoft, on a drying track.

Mario Isola: "The weather conditions provided an extremely dramatic and unpredictable race. Teams had to think on their feet to counteract the constantly-changing circumstances, with only one sector of the track affected by rain while the other two remained dry. This obviously provided a very big challenge, with the ultrasoft chosen for the final stint, as this compound worked well in the mixed conditions. The six different strategies seen in the top 10 underline the difficulty of identifying the right tactics under the demanding conditions, but it's notable that despite the rain only four of the top 10 finishers used the intermediate tyres."

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