2013 Malaysian GP tyre strategies and pit stops

2013 Malaysian Grand Prix

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Mark Webber, Red Bull, Sepang, 2013A wet start to the race saw most drivers run four-stop strategies and a total of 73 pit stops during the race.

As the entire field started on intermediate tyres none of the drivers were required to use both dry-weather compounds. But all of them bar the two Williams drivers did.

Lotus were the highest-placed team that completed the race on three pit stops, giving further indication of the E21’s strength over a race stint.

Jenson Button was on course to do the same and was running in front of them before a problem in the pits ruined his race.

Malaysian Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1Stint 2Stint 3Stint 4Stint 5
Sebastian VettelIntermediate (5)Medium (17)Hard (10)Hard (10)Medium (14)
Mark WebberIntermediate (7)Hard (12)Medium (12)Hard (12)Hard (13)
Lewis HamiltonIntermediate (7)Medium (14)Medium (9)Hard (11)Medium (15)
Nico RosbergIntermediate (8)Medium (14)Medium (9)Hard (11)Medium (14)
Felipe MassaIntermediate (5)Medium (15)Hard (13)Medium (14)Medium (9)
Romain GrosjeanIntermediate (7)Medium (13)Medium (15)Hard (21)
Kimi RaikkonenIntermediate (6)Medium (15)Medium (13)Hard (22)
Nico HulkenbergIntermediate (7)Medium (14)Medium (13)Hard (10)Hard (12)
Sergio PerezIntermediate (7)Medium (15)Medium (11)Hard (21)Hard (2)
Jean-Eric VergneIntermediate (7)Hard (19)Hard (17)Medium (13)
Valtteri BottasIntermediate (6)Medium (16)Medium (18)Medium (16)
Esteban GutierrezIntermediate (7)Hard (15)Medium (14)Medium (15)Hard (4)
Jules BianchiIntermediate (6)Medium (11)Hard (12)Hard (14)Medium (12)
Charles PicIntermediate (7)Medium (13)Hard (12)Medium (11)Medium (12)
Giedo van der GardeIntermediate (6)Hard (12)Hard (10)Hard (14)Medium (13)
Max ChiltonIntermediate (6)Medium (13)Hard (12)Medium (10)Hard (13)
Jenson ButtonIntermediate (7)Medium (14)Medium (14)Hard (18)
Daniel RicciardoIntermediate (6)Medium (13)Medium (14)Hard (18)
Pastor MaldonadoIntermediate (6)Medium (7)Medium (19)Medium (13)
Adrian SutilIntermediate (6)Medium (16)Hard (5)
Paul di RestaIntermediate (6)Medium (14)Hard (2)
Fernando AlonsoIntermediate (1)

Malaysian Grand Prix pit stop times

Red Bull were on top form in the pits, producing the top four fastest stops seen during the Grand Prix. Their best was 1.4 seconds faster than the quickest stop last year, which was done by Mercedes.

There were a few blunders in the pits as well. Lewis Hamilton pulled up in the pit box of his former team McLaren, before realising his mistake and moving on to the Mercedes garage.

Later in the race McLaren provided a reminder of why Hamilton wants to get his car serviced elsewhere this year. A botched pit stop for Jenson Button cost him a top five finish.

Force India also had problems in the pits with their new ‘captive wheel nut’ system. A failure on the front-left forced them to retire both cars.

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

DriverTeamPit stop timeGapOn lap
1Mark WebberRed Bull20.73619
2Sebastian VettelRed Bull20.7570.02142
3Mark WebberRed Bull20.7670.03143
4Mark WebberRed Bull20.8830.14731
5Sergio PerezMcLaren20.8940.15822
6Felipe MassaFerrari20.9700.23447
7Mark WebberRed Bull21.0100.2747
8Jenson ButtonMcLaren21.0280.29221
9Nico RosbergMercedes21.0790.34322
10Sebastian VettelRed Bull21.1350.3995
11Nico RosbergMercedes21.2020.46642
12Lewis HamiltonMercedes21.2710.53541
13Sergio PerezMcLaren21.3380.60233
14Sebastian VettelRed Bull21.3390.60322
15Sergio PerezMcLaren21.3660.63054
16Lewis HamiltonMercedes21.4650.72921
17Sebastian VettelRed Bull21.4820.74632
18Lewis HamiltonMercedes21.5490.81330
19Felipe MassaFerrari21.5610.82533
20Sergio PerezMcLaren21.5830.8477
21Felipe MassaFerrari21.6350.89920
22Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso21.6380.90226
23Nico HulkenbergSauber21.6990.96321
24Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso21.7020.96643
25Romain GrosjeanLotus21.8121.07620
26Kimi RaikkonenLotus21.9031.16734
27Daniel RicciardoToro Rosso22.0081.27233
28Jules BianchiMarussia22.0171.28129
29Nico RosbergMercedes22.0281.2928
30Romain GrosjeanLotus22.1051.3697
31Nico RosbergMercedes22.1141.37831
32Max ChiltonMarussia22.1151.37931
33Max ChiltonMarussia22.2711.53541
34Jules BianchiMarussia22.3351.59943
35Romain GrosjeanLotus22.3851.64935
36Daniel RicciardoToro Rosso22.3881.65219
37Esteban GutierrezSauber22.3941.65836
38Felipe MassaFerrari22.4031.6675
39Daniel RicciardoToro Rosso22.4161.6806
40Jenson ButtonMcLaren22.4481.7127
41Esteban GutierrezSauber22.5421.80651
42Esteban GutierrezSauber22.5751.83922
43Nico HulkenbergSauber22.6291.89334
44Max ChiltonMarussia22.6681.93219
45Kimi RaikkonenLotus22.6771.94121
46Pastor MaldonadoWilliams22.7031.96732
47Giedo van der GardeCaterham22.7061.97018
48Giedo van der GardeCaterham22.7442.00842
49Valtteri BottasWilliams22.9372.20140
50Nico HulkenbergSauber22.9962.2607
51Nico HulkenbergSauber23.1982.46244
52Giedo van der GardeCaterham23.2522.5166
53Charles PicCaterham23.3732.63732
54Jules BianchiMarussia23.7553.01917
55Charles PicCaterham23.8443.10843
56Esteban GutierrezSauber24.3973.6617
57Pastor MaldonadoWilliams24.7374.0016
58Lewis HamiltonMercedes24.9334.1977
59Valtteri BottasWilliams24.9604.2246
60Charles PicCaterham25.0154.27920
61Giedo van der GardeCaterham25.1184.38228
62Kimi RaikkonenLotus25.9055.1696
63Jules BianchiMarussia26.5465.8106
64Valtteri BottasWilliams28.0457.30922
65Max ChiltonMarussia30.3659.6296
66Pastor MaldonadoWilliams32.56111.82513
67Adrian SutilForce India37.83317.0976
68Paul di RestaForce India43.71322.9776
69Charles PicCaterham44.42823.6927
70Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso49.21628.4807
71Adrian SutilForce India89.40168.66522
72Jenson ButtonMcLaren104.83384.09735
73Paul di RestaForce India123.124102.38820

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12 comments on “2013 Malaysian GP tyre strategies and pit stops”

  1. Wow, those Webber pit stops are amazing.

    1. Not as good as those Force India stops!

  2. Looks like Vettel’s slow getaway on lap 32 cost him 0.7s at the most. It looked sloppy but didn’t make that much of a difference.

  3. “There were a few blunders in the pits as well. Lewis Hamilton pulled up in the pit box of his former team McLaren, before realising his mistake and moving on to the Mercedes garage.

    Later in the race McLaren provided a reminder of why Hamilton wants to get his car serviced elsewhere this year. A botched pit stop for Jenson Button cost him a top five finish.”
    I think it was the McLaren crews refusal to service Lewis, which made him realize his error – we laughed a lot about it. Good for Lewis that the Mercedes pit box was further down the pit lane. But after the blunder McLaren did with Buttons pitstop Lewis was the last to laugh:-)

  4. Lewis’ visit to McLaren cost around 3.5-4 seconds.

  5. surprising one of the top 4 didnt try a 3 stopper. Only massa was anywhere near them if it went totally wrong.

    Despite the many pit stops we never really saw the tyres go off the cliff or really get near it. They all jumped long before that boat sank

  6. It seems to me that the tyres´s choice was more a style matter (Some drivers may prefer red than silver) than performance. I saw no clear advantage or difference between the componds.

  7. I was suprised that the medium was the tyre of choice for most people. I had expected everyone to run the hard on this high-degradation track.

    Mercedes’s attempt at the undercut was interesting, although initially I was shocked to see Hamilton come in so early again. Perhaps they were hoping to run Red Bull out of tyres, having complained all weekend of possibly not having enough tyres, but it didn’t work out for Mercedes in the end. Even though Hamilton got ahead of Vettel, Sebastian breezed past him easily, and in the right DRS zone. I still find it amazing that Rosberg got re-overtaken twice by Hamilton on the start finish straight. I would have expected him to hang back the second time around and have a go at start-finish.

    1. It was funny indeed that Mercedes tried to get past the Red Bulls even though they knew they could never beat them because of their fuel issues. However, Webber was pretty slow on mediums, so Mercedes’ main objective was probably to get their cars out of the dirty air.

      Having said that, the tyres behave strangely this year. Webber was faster on hard tyres, but he replaced them very early – indicating high wear. So probably the differences in speed and wear between the tyre compounds have more to do with car setup and driving style than the tyres themselves. Some drivers are better on medium tyres and some are better on hard tyres. At least the tyres create an element of surprise. I like it, but I have to get used to it.

  8. The team order issue had obscured the main problems highlighted in Malaysia – that the tyres are now controlling the race to a very large degree; and that cannot be right. It is no longer about drivers skill, but tyre manangement based on the balance/setup of the car. Even without the fuel saving/engine saving scenarios we saw in the race, neither the Mercs nor the Bulls were able to push their cars to the maximum at any one time during the race. Surely, that cannot be right? The consensus between the drivers and team principals is now clear and getting louder – The tyres are indeed ruining the racing. This is the same for every one – because winning has largely become quite unpredictable or at worse a lottery.

  9. Dear god Lotus sucks with their pitstop! For example Raikkonen lost around 7 seconds total with just pitstops vs RB/Mercedes/McLaren/Ferrari and many other mid teams. How can they be constantly so slow? Kinda hard for driver to fight for positions when team does awful job with pitstops, on top of other possible problems….

  10. Weren’t Red Bull and Mercedes the ones screaming the most about the tyres during the course of the last week? Ironic that they finished 1-2-3-4!

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