Pirelli’s soft tire – the hardest compound nominated – was a crucial element in the race, allowing various strategies
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton wins with a one-stop strategy, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finishes second with a two stopper
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen used a two-stop strategy to finish fourth after starting near the back of the grid
Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton won the UnitedStates Grand Prix race today using a one-stop strategy, while Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettelused a two-stop strategy and kept the championship battle alive after finishing second.
Despite higher degradation than yesterday and warm track temperatures close to 104 degrees fahrenheit, most drivers finished the race with a one-stop ultrasoft-soft tire strategy.
However, some drivers chose alternative strategies: notably Vettel, and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who started from 16th on the grid with the Pirelli supersoft tire. Verstappen also stopped twice, switching to the soft tire compound and then the supersoft tire, to finally claim a podium place on the final lap, before losing it due to a penalty.
MARIO ISOLA – PIRELLI’S HEAD OF CAR RACING
“Drivers had to adjust to warm track and air temperatures during the race after an inconsistent weekend in terms of track conditions. Nonetheless, the one-stop strategy came into play with the soft tire, even though there wasn’t a lot of running on this tire compound in free practice. Strategy was crucial to this grand prix, with the teams having to react to changing circumstances, the track and rivals’ tactics, adapting their strategies appropriately. This was exemplified by Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel, who were both extremely quick in the closing stages of the race after a bold call on final pit stops. Finally, on behalf of us all, congratulations to Mercedes for another title.”
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While two stops were predicted as theoretically the quickest strategy, we also said that a one-stopper could be interesting. Hamilton made his sole stop on lap 19 (after Vettel’s first stop), adopting the same tire choice, and emerged effectively to lead the race, having started from pole.
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