Red Bull driver Max Verstappen wins Mexican Grand Prix with a one-stop ultrasoft-supersoft tire strategy
Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel both use a two-stop strategy after collision
All three Pirelli tire compounds used during the race were softer than a year ago
A thrilling Mexican Grand Prix race was won by Red Bull’s Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen using the predicted one-stop strategy. An early collision between Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) forced them both to use an alternative two-stop strategy.
After pitting for soft tires at the end of the opening lap, they both used a virtual safety car halfway through the race to switch on to the supersoft tire (for Hamilton) and ultrasoft tire (for Vettel). As Vettel did not finish in the top two places, this meant Hamilton could claim the Formula One drivers’ title for the 2017 season – his fourth driver’s title and third with Pirelli tires.
Along with Renault’s Carlos Sainz and Force India’s Sergio Perez, Hamilton and Vettel were the only drivers to stop twice. All the other drivers stopped just once, with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen the highest-placed competitor to use the soft tire (rather than the supersoft tire) for his second stint.
MARIO ISOLA – PIRELLI’S HEAD OF CAR RACING
“The collision on the opening lap and the virtual safety car meant that Hamilton and Vettel both had to diverge from the expected one-stop strategy, adding an extra tactical element to this race. Keeping the tires within the correct operating window was essential, with low degradation, minimal downforce in the thin air, and a slippery surface in Mexico, but Verstappen managed this perfectly to seal a textbook victory. We saw all three tire compounds used during the race, with teams implementing different strategies to react to the changing circumstances of this fascinating grand prix, and no issues whatsoever from the tires. Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton for a well-deserved fourth driver’s title, following a stunning season.”
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Max Verstappen won the Mexican Grand Prix with a one-stop strategy as expected, making his sole pit stop from the ultrasoft to supersoft tire on lap 32.
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