Austrian GP: Race team notes - Pirelli


Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas was able to take advantage of the first safety car period to switch from soft to hard tyres, maintaining the lead from start to finish with just one pit stop, which was the fastest predicted theoretical strategy. He was the only podium finisher to stop just once.

Another, much longer, safety car period prompted another round of pit stops, prior to the final few racing laps but Bottas (as well as his team mate Lewis Hamilton) stayed out - unlike many of their rivals who stopped again.

The first safety car was the strategic turning point, with all the drivers swapping to hard tyres for the second stint. The only exception was Racing Point's Sergio Perez, who completed the final stint on the medium tyre to finish sixth.

The second and third place finishers, Ferrari's Charles Leclerc and McLaren's Lando Norris, used all three compounds available this weekend.

Mario Isola: "The race strategy was very much dictated by safety cars, with all the teams reacting to rapidly changing circumstances. This also turned what was expected to be one-stop race into a two-stopper for some drivers. There was plenty of action both on and off the track, with all three compounds performing in line with our expectations and an unexpectedly wide variety of strategies. Congratulations also to McLaren's Lando Norris for scoring his first podium in Formula 1, as well as fastest lap. It's been a very difficult start to the season for everyone with the Covid-19 pandemic but we've certainly got off to an exciting beginning now - and we get to do it all over again in a week's time."

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Published: 05/07/2020
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