Monaco GP: Tyre and Pit Stop Strategy
Mercedes finally made good on their qualifying promise to claim the teams’ maiden win of the season. A flawless drive from pole to chequered flag saw Nico Rosberg take the second win of his career, finishing ahead of Vettel and Webber who took the remaining podium positions. This was a race where safety car intervention and tyre strategy played an equal role in the final result.
As always, there are winners and losers when a safety car is deployed; the timing the the first, just after the initial round of planned stops, was crucial in determining the final result. Indeed, with overtaking proving difficult at this circuit, Hamilton’s drop from second to fourth saw the top four order fixed until the end.
In terms of durability, there seemed little to choose between the compounds on offer with most opting for a one stopper; Vergne managed a 38 lap stint with the supersoft whilst Di Resta drove one lap less on the softs.
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