Spanish GP: Tyre and Pit Stop Strategy
Another strategy driven race, this time it was Ferrari and Fernando Alonso who surprised many with a four-stop race which allowed them to push the tyres to their limits and comfortably hold-off the three-stopping Lotus of Kimi Raikkonen.
In the end, most adopted a four-stopper, although it didn’t look like all planned to do so at the start of the day, partly as the first set of tyres went off so quickly. Alonso’s first stint set the tone for the rest of his race but Sebastian Vettel appeared to be caught between trying to switch to a 4-stopper and not having done the early laps to really make it work and compete with Raikkonen.
The question now is how Ferrari’s victory will impact on strategies for the rest of the season and whether other teams will look to take a more aggressive approach to the challenge posed by Pirelli.