2015 Chinese Grand Prix tyre strategies and pit stops

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Shanghai International Circuit, 2015Last year in China most drivers avoided using the soft tyres, but this time several teams tries using the more aggressive compound in the middle of the race.

They included Ferrari, who were able to make the tyres last well during practice, and Mercedes, who ran better on the medium tyre but were wary of covering off the threat from Ferrari.

However it was Daniel Ricciardo who ran the longest stint on the soft tyres as he recovered from a poor start when his car went into anti-stall mode. He made it back up to ninth place, a further sign Red Bull?s chassis has the potential to become a competitive proposition once its engine and braking problems have been sorted.

Chinese Grand Prix tyre strategies

The tyre strategies for each driver:

Stint 1 Stint 2 Stint 3 Stint 4
Lewis Hamilton Soft (14) Soft (19) Medium (23)
Nico Rosberg Soft (15) Soft (16) Medium (25)
Sebastian Vettel Soft (13) Soft (17) Medium (26)
Kimi Raikkonen Soft (15) Soft (19) Medium (22)
Felipe Massa Soft (13) Medium (21) Medium (22)
Valtteri Bottas Soft (14) Medium (21) Medium (21)
Romain Grosjean Soft (12) Medium (20) Medium (24)
Felipe Nasr Soft (10) Medium (21) Medium (25)
Daniel Ricciardo Soft (14) Soft (22) Medium (20)
Marcus Ericsson Soft (14) Soft (16) Medium (25)
Sergio Perez Soft (11) Soft (15) Soft (15) Medium (14)
Fernando Alonso Soft (12) Medium (23) Soft (20)
Jenson Button Soft (14) Soft (18) Medium (23)
Carlos Sainz Jnr Medium (19) Soft (20) Soft (16)
Will Stevens Soft (16) Medium (22) Soft (16)
Roberto Merhi Soft (17) Medium (23) Soft (14)
Max Verstappen Soft (12) Medium (20) Medium (20)
Pastor Maldonado Soft (11) Medium (22) Medium (16)
Daniil Kvyat Medium (15)
Nico Hulkenberg Soft (9)

Chinese Grand Prix pit stop times

How long each driver?s pit stops took:

Driver Team Pit stop time Gap On lap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 22.235 33
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 22.444 0.209 30
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 22.453 0.218 34
4 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 22.470 0.235 11
5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 22.483 0.248 15
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 22.488 0.253 13
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 22.635 0.400 14
8 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 22.645 0.410 14
9 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 22.818 0.583 15
10 Sergio Perez Force India 22.829 0.594 11
11 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 22.829 0.594 31
12 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 22.897 0.662 36
13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 22.899 0.664 33
14 Valtteri Bottas Williams 23.084 0.849 14
15 Sergio Perez Force India 23.144 0.909 41
16 Felipe Massa Williams 23.145 0.910 13
17 Fernando Alonso McLaren 23.238 1.003 12
18 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 23.258 1.023 32
19 Jenson Button McLaren 23.273 1.038 32
20 Felipe Massa Williams 23.317 1.082 34
21 Sergio Perez Force India 23.338 1.103 26
22 Fernando Alonso McLaren 23.345 1.110 35
23 Felipe Nasr Sauber 23.409 1.174 10
24 Romain Grosjean Lotus 23.421 1.186 12
25 Carlos Sainz Jnr Toro Rosso 23.424 1.189 39
26 Valtteri Bottas Williams 23.582 1.347 35
27 Romain Grosjean Lotus 23.605 1.370 32
28 Felipe Nasr Sauber 23.732 1.497 31
29 Carlos Sainz Jnr Toro Rosso 23.795 1.560 19
30 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 23.846 1.611 14
31 Jenson Button McLaren 23.936 1.701 14
32 Will Stevens Manor 24.054 1.819 38
33 Roberto Merhi Manor 24.088 1.853 40
34 Will Stevens Manor 24.132 1.897 16
35 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 24.256 2.021 12
36 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 24.589 2.354 30
37 Roberto Merhi Manor 25.938 3.703 17

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