Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Hungaroring, 2017

2017 Hungarian Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

2017 Hungarian Grand Prix

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The Hungarian Grand Prix offered little room to manoeuvre for F1’s strategists.

One-stop strategies were the preferred way to go for the teams. Making any further visits to the pits would have presented too little gain in terms of lap time for the huge disadvantage of giving track position away at a circuit where overtaking is famously tough.

The Red Bull drivers might have been in position to try something different. However Max Verstappen’s ten-second time penalty for knocking his team mate out at the start ruined that possibility.

Each of the team’s drivers went into the race with a fresh set of super-soft tyres. An early first stop could have allowed them to attack the front runners, knowing they could switch to the super-softs later on if needed.

However Verstappen’s penalty meant he was never in a position to make that early pit stop and come out in clear air. He, like everyone else, was locked into a single-stop strategy.

2017 Hungarian Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1Stint 2Stint 3
Sebastian VettelSuper soft (32)Soft (38)
Kimi RaikkonenSuper soft (33)Soft (37)
Valtteri BottasSuper soft (30)Soft (40)
Lewis HamiltonSuper soft (31)Soft (39)
Max VerstappenSuper soft (42)Soft (28)
Fernando AlonsoSuper soft (35)Soft (35)
Carlos Sainz JnrSuper soft (35)Soft (34)
Sergio PerezSuper soft (34)Soft (35)
Esteban OconSuper soft (35)Soft (34)
Stoffel VandoorneSuper soft (42)Soft (27)
Kevin MagnussenSuper soft (31)Soft (38)
Daniil KvyatSoft (40)Super soft (29)
Jolyon PalmerSuper soft (46)Soft (23)
Lance StrollSuper soft (29)Soft (40)
Pascal WehrleinSuper soft (3)Soft (25)Soft (40)
Marcus EricssonSuper soft (1)Soft (62)Super soft (5)
Nico HulkenbergSuper soft (45)Soft (22)
Paul di RestaSoft (34)Super soft (26)
Romain GrosjeanSuper soft (20)Soft (0)
Daniel RicciardoSuper soft (1)

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2017 Hungarian Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver’s pit stops took:

DriverTeamPit stop timeGapOn lap
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes21.33831
2Lance StrollWilliams21.8040.46629
3Kimi RaikkonenFerrari21.9190.58133
4Daniil KvyatToro Rosso22.2730.93540
5Sebastian VettelFerrari22.3170.97932
6Paul di RestaWilliams22.3991.06134
7Fernando AlonsoMcLaren22.3991.06135
8Esteban OconForce India22.4411.10335
9Romain GrosjeanHaas22.6381.30020
10Valtteri BottasMercedes22.6811.34330
11Kevin MagnussenHaas22.6841.34631
12Jolyon PalmerRenault22.6841.34646
13Carlos Sainz JnrToro Rosso22.7451.40735
14Pascal WehrleinSauber22.9981.66028
15Sergio PerezForce India24.0172.67934
16Marcus EricssonSauber24.0972.75963
17Pascal WehrleinSauber24.2132.8753
18Marcus EricssonSauber25.1793.8411
19Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren28.6167.27842
20Nico HulkenbergRenault31.86010.52245
21Max VerstappenRed Bull33.60512.26742

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