Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg executed a ‘considered approach to tyre management’ to win the Brazilian Grand Prix with a three-stop strategy. He ran one stint on the P Zero Yellow soft tyre, followed by three remaining stints on the P Zero White medium tyre.
He managed to hold off his team mate and newly crowned Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton, who adopted a similar strategy, from start to finish, maintaining his advantage from lights to flag without losing the effective lead of the race.
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel also used a three-stop strategy to take the third place on the podium at Sao Paulo.
Paul Hembery, motorsport director for Pirelli tyres, commented after the race: “With weather conditions warm but uncertain, strategy was always going to be a key element of the Brazilian Grand Prix.
“Rosberg’s considered approach to tyre management over the course of the whole weekend once again proved to be a key element of his victory, which was very well deserved. However, there were a number of drivers operating a two-stop race. We saw some long stints on the medium compound that helped drivers gain track position.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office