Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is on the brink of his third world championship after storming to victory with a one-stop tyre strategy in the action packed Russian Grand Prix.
The low wear and degradation in cool conditions meant most of the drivers opted for just one tyre change at Sochi and were able to push constantly, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel taking second and Force India’s Sergio Perez claiming third place.
However, the big news of the day was that Pirelli has reached a commercial deal to remain in Formula One until 2019. According to the Italian tyre manufacturer: “More details will follow as per the procedure laid down by the FIA: the governing body of world motorsport.”
Following the race, Paul Hembery, motorsport director for Pirelli tyres, commented: “First and foremost, we’re delighted to confirm that we reached a commercial agreement with Bernie Ecclestone to remain in Formula One for the 2017-2019 period. The process to the formal FIA official nomination will follow with its procedure.
“Looking at the race, with very little practice time and therefore tyre information, the drivers and strategists had to think on their feet, reading the race carefully in order to react to changing situations in real time. It’s a testimony to the high level at which Formula One operates that they all rose to this unique challenge with no real issues. We saw a variety of different strategies, and some very effective tyre management that helped many drivers move up the field in an action-packed race.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office