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Bahrain GP: Tyre and Pit Stop Strategy

By saltire | 22 Apr 2012 | 6 Comments | 3,458 views

A three stop strategy was the way to go in Bahrain with most teams favouring the prime tyre for the bulk of the race. Lotus seemed to have learned from mistakes in China and gave Raikkonen new tyres for each of his four stints, whilst Kobayashi, the only driver to start the race on prime tyres didn’t see his gamble pay off.

We’ve given the tyre and pit stop graphic a bit of a facelift for Bahrain in response to feedback from readers. The changes are minor but we hope they’ll provide some useful, additional information. The new image shows the number of places a lost or gained compared to starting grid position, and pit stop laps are now a slightly darker colour to make same compound stops stand out more from the background.

Tyre Strategy

Image credit: VivaF1

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  • reboot

    I like the graphics and the tweaks are good. A column at the end showing the number of sets used would also be good. The beauty of this chart is you can see patterns at a glance sometimes.

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  • type056

    Good job.
    I can see that soft and medium did have about same durability.

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  • str8y

    Very Nice! :) :) :)

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  • @duskyblogf1

    Another useful and cool graphic from VivaF1. Is this updated “on the fly” or produced post-event?

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  • saltire (author)


    Thanks Dusky.

    I make the graphics post race, There’s too much scope for mistakes if I were to do it on the fly so reluctantly, it has to be about 2 hours after the race.

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