Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Singapore, 2017

2017 Singapore Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

2017 Singapore Grand Prix

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The Singapore Grand Prix was very unusual in that we saw a standing start in conditions poor enough for several drivers to use full wet weather tyres.

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This will have owed something to strategy but was also influenced by the teams’ experience of running the two types of wet tyres – full wet and intermediate – at Monza. There several teams discovered problems with getting the intermediate tyres into its operating window.

Among them were Renault, which put both its cars on wets at the start. When the Safety Car made its second appearance they took the opportunity to fit intermediates, though it cost both of their drivers track position.

Carlos Sainz Jnr reaped big rewards for opting to run the intermediates at the start, eventually putting him on course for a best ever finish of fourth place. Sergio Perez achieved the best result of those who started on full wets.

Unusually, this race saw all five different tyre types make an appearance. Marcus Ericsson risked the soft – the hardest compound available – then ditched it shortly before crashing out. Sainz, meanwhile, ran to the chequered flag on a set of super-softs.

2017 Singapore Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1Stint 2Stint 3Stint 4Stint 5
Lewis HamiltonIntermediate (29)Ultra soft (29)
Daniel RicciardoIntermediate (11)Intermediate (17)Ultra soft (30)
Valtteri BottasIntermediate (28)Ultra soft (30)
Carlos Sainz JnrIntermediate (27)Super soft (31)
Sergio PerezWet (11)Intermediate (17)Ultra soft (30)
Jolyon PalmerWet (12)Intermediate (17)Ultra soft (29)
Stoffel VandoorneWet (12)Intermediate (15)Ultra soft (31)
Lance StrollIntermediate (26)Ultra soft (32)
Romain GrosjeanIntermediate (27)Ultra soft (31)
Esteban OconWet (11)Intermediate (16)Ultra soft (11)Ultra soft (20)
Felipe MassaWet (17)Intermediate (7)Ultra soft (13)Ultra soft (21)
Pascal WehrleinWet (2)Wet (19)Intermediate (7)Ultra soft (9)Ultra soft (19)
Kevin MagnussenWet (11)Intermediate (13)Ultra soft (14)Ultra soft (12)
Nico HulkenbergWet (12)Intermediate (16)Ultra soft (10)Ultra soft (10)
Marcus EricssonWet (2)Wet (11)Intermediate (14)Soft (4)Ultra soft (4)
Daniil KvyatIntermediate (10)
Fernando AlonsoWet (8)
Max VerstappenIntermediate (0)
Sebastian VettelIntermediate (0)
Kimi RaikkonenIntermediate (0)

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2017 Singapore Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

DriverTeamPit stop timeGapOn lap
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes28.46629
2Romain GrosjeanHaas29.0490.58327
3Valtteri BottasMercedes29.0890.62328
4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull29.1180.65228
5Esteban OconForce India29.1340.66838
6Esteban OconForce India29.1730.70727
7Sergio PerezForce India29.1860.72028
8Kevin MagnussenHaas29.3790.91338
9Lance StrollWilliams29.4120.94626
10Daniel RicciardoRed Bull29.6581.19211
11Felipe MassaWilliams29.6711.20537
12Felipe MassaWilliams29.6851.21917
13Nico HulkenbergRenault30.0051.53928
14Jolyon PalmerRenault30.0151.54912
15Jolyon PalmerRenault30.0381.57229
16Felipe MassaWilliams30.0481.58224
17Marcus EricssonSauber30.0671.60131
18Carlos Sainz JnrToro Rosso30.0931.62727
19Sergio PerezForce India30.1281.66211
20Kevin MagnussenHaas30.1321.66611
21Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren30.3901.92412
22Kevin MagnussenHaas30.5042.03824
23Nico HulkenbergRenault30.7252.25912
24Pascal WehrleinSauber31.0942.62828
25Esteban OconForce India31.3362.87011
26Marcus EricssonSauber31.7143.24813
27Pascal WehrleinSauber32.1833.71737
28Pascal WehrleinSauber32.2493.78321
29Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren36.1387.67227
30Marcus EricssonSauber38.88610.4202
31Pascal WehrleinSauber45.87517.4092
32Marcus EricssonSauber50.61722.15127
33Nico HulkenbergRenault68.35739.89138

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