Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton for his sensational win at the Italian Grand Prix with a one-stop strategy.
The McLaren driver started the race on the medium tyres and sealed victory using the hard tyres for the final 30 laps at Monza
Hamilton held off Sauber’s Sergio Perez, who started from 12th on the grid and chose a different one-stop strategy, securing the teams third consecutive victory.
The highest-placed driver to use a two-stop strategy was Michael Schumacher, who finished sixth ahead of his Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg on the same strategy: an opening stint on the medium compound followed by two stints on the hard compound. Rosberg also set the fastest lap of the race on the hard tyre.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s motorsport director, commented: “We witnessed performance and durability from both the P Zero tyres today: performance from the explosive drive by Sergio Perez and Sauber on the medium compound, and durability from the long runs we saw on the hard tyre from all the frontrunners, with the top five stopping only once on the fastest circuit of the year.
“Going into the race, the teams had to be quite flexible in their approach in order to decide between a one-stop and a two-stop strategy.
“Although tyre degradation is low in Monza there are some places like Parabolica that put a lot of energy through the front tyres in particular.
“Once more McLaren did an excellent job but we also saw very good tyre management from Ferrari – with Alonso making up eight places – and Perez, who demonstrated once more Sauber’s ability to get the very best out of their tyres.
“And we’d like to thank all the Italian fans here, whose passion and enthusiasm has made this race unique. We really appreciate the support and welcome we have been given and we all feel proud to call this our home Grand Prix.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team