Malaysian GP: Tyre and Pit Stop Strategy
A controversial race in Malaysia saw the drivers start out on the intermediate compound. However, once the track started to dry out and the teams switched to slicks after a few laps, it produced a wide range of strategies with a further three stops the preferred route to the chequered flag.
However, how the drivers used their allocation of medium and hard tyre compounds over those four stints varied considerably. That said, in Malaysia at least, the tyre compounds proved disappointingly similar, both for durability and pace. The medium tyre was only slightly quicker but perhaps quick enough to wonder if a lot of grief may have been avoided if Mark Webber only hadn’t finished the race on the hard compound.
Lotus were once again the prime adopters of a “two” stop-strategy (setting aside the brief intermediate stint.) Both drivers’ long final stint, however, proved no more effective than Felipe Massa’s equivalent run on two sets of tyres.