Valtteri Bottas wins from pole using a one-stop ultrasoft-supersoft strategy

All three tire compounds seen on the starting grid: Hamilton makes up four places after starting on supersoft

Some blistering seen during the race but this did not affect performance


Austrian Grad Prix Race
Austrian Grand Prix Race

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas won his second race of the season with a one-stop strategy at the Red Bull Ring, having started from pole on the ultrasoft and then switching to the supersoft.

A number of different one-stop strategies were tried, with all three nominated compounds (soft, supersoft and ultrasoft) seen on the starting grid. In particular, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton started from P8 due to a grid penalty and moved from the supersoft to the ultrasoft to make up four places by the end of the race. Both Felipe Massa, driving for Williams, and Renault’s Jolyon Palmer adopted an alternative strategy by starting on soft and going onto ultrasoft, to also make up a few places from their grid positions.

With a short lap featuring very few corners and none of the expected rain, the fastest average lap speeds of the entire season so far were seen in Austria this weekend. This was one of the factors that led to some visible blistering in some moments of the race; however, this did not impact on performance as it was seen by their lap times.

Mario Isola – Head of Car Racing
“With some very fast average speeds and no rain, there was a bit of blistering but this did not affect performance – with the fastest laps being set at the end of the race. Although one stop was the standard choice, there were many different variations on the one-stop strategy, with a few drivers trying something different to make up places. On the whole, the strategy options were quite aggressive throughout the field, with some long runs even on the ultrasoft. This underlines the confidence that the teams have both in the speed and durability of the tire range.”

Best time by compound

Best time by compound

Longest stint of the race

Longest stint of the race

Valtteri Bottas won the race using one pit stop, going from ultrasoft to supersoft on lap 42. The theoretically fastest strategy was adopted by Lewis Hamilton, who started on supersoft then moved to ultrasoft.

Spielberg pit stop summary
Car Driver Start Pit 1 Pit 2 Pit 3
77 BOT USu SSn (41)
5 VET USu SSn (34)
3 RIC USu SSn (33)
44 HAM SSu USn (31)
7 RAI USu SSn (44)
8 GRO USu SSn (36)
11 PER USu SSn (35)
31 OCO USu SSn (42)
19 MAS Sn USn (47)
18 STR SSn USn (35)
30 PAL Sn USn (34)
2 VAN USn SSn (31) SSu (44)DT
27 HUL SSn Sn (14)
94 WEH SSn USn (35)
9 ERI USn Sn (1)
26 KVY USn SSn (40) Su (9)DT USu (55)
55 SAI USn SSn (40)
20 MAG SSn
14 ALO USn
33 VER USn
S= Soft SS= Supersoft US= Ultrasoft n= new u= used DT=Drive through


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