Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton who scorched to a thrilling fourth consecutive victory at the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona using just two pit stops.
Tyre strategy was a key factor during the face and the Mercedes driver and his team got it right again opting to go down a medium-medium-hard tyre route for one of the most challenging circuits of the season.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli tyres motorsport director, commented after the race: “We saw some very exciting battles all the way down the top 10 in the closing stages of the race, despite many of the drivers having chosen very different strategies. This underlines the importance of strategy in every race this year, with not just the number of stops but also the order in which the tyres are used really making a difference.
“Following some overnight rain, ambient and track temperatures were cooler today, and this reduced the time difference between the hard and medium compounds: adding another factor into the equation.
“Although Barcelona is one of the most demanding circuits of the year, tyre wear and degradation was fully under control, as proved by the fact that the majority of drivers completed just two pit stops. That’s down to the hard work of all our team in Milan and Izmit since last year, so a big thank you to all of them.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office