2015 Canadian Grand Prix – Race

VERY LOW TYRE DEMANDS OF MONTREAL CIRCUIT MEANS THAT 30 LAPS OR MORE ARE POSSIBLE ON NEW SUPERSOFT COMPOUND

TOP-THREE FINISHERS USE THE SAME ONE-STOP STRATEGY: DIFFERENT STRATEGIES, INCLUDING TWO-STOPPERS, FURTHER DOWN THE FIELD

VETTEL AND MASSA USE STRATEGY TO FINISH IN THE POINTS DESPITE STARTING THE RACE FAR OUT OF POSITION

Montreal, June 7, 2015 – Tyre wear and degradation were extremely low at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Canada, enabling a one-stop strategy for the majority of competitors and long runs on both the soft and new supersoft compounds. The performance difference between the two compounds was less than a second, meaning that a number of other strategies were also possible.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the race from pole ahead of his team mate Nico Rosberg, claiming his 37th career victory to extend his lead in the drivers’ championship to 17 points. The podium finishers – Hamilton, Rosberg and Bottas – all started the race on the supersoft tyre, stopping within three laps of each other to change to the supersoft.

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen, fourth, was the highest-placed driver to use a two-stop strategy, and the only driver to use the soft tyre in the middle stint: starting and finishing the race on the supersoft, which enabled him to score some very impressive lap times.

A number of drivers started the grand prix in unusually low grid positions, including Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Williams driver Felipe Massa. They both used unusual strategies to boost their positions and finish in the points. Vettel was the earliest to pit, running the majority of the race on the soft tyre.

Massa was one of only five drivers to start the race on the soft tyre, completing a long first stint to get past most of his competitors while they pitted, then running to the finish on the faster supersoft tyre. His team mate, Valtteri Bottas, became the first non-Mercedes or Ferrari driver to finish on the podium this year.

Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director: “As we expected, given the specific characteristics of this circuit, tyre wear and degradation was extremely low on both compounds today, with an extremely stable product. This can lead to some criticism, as the goal is to have more than one pit stop per race. With only four tyre specifications available, sometimes it does become difficult to provide the perfect choice for every situation. Despite that, we did see some different thinking about strategy from many of the teams. In particular, the drivers who started further down the order were able to boost their prospects by doing something different to their direct rivals.”

Fastest times of the day by compound:

Soft Supersoft Intermediate Wet
First  VET   1m17.105s  RAI    1m16.987s 0 0
Second  HAM  1m17.472s  MAS  1m17.553s 0 0
Third  ROS  1m17.637s  ROS  1m17.970s 0 0

Longest stint of the race:

 Soft  Pastor Maldonado     (53 laps)
 Supersoft  Felipe Massa             (33 laps)

Truth-O-Meter
We said that a wide variety of strategies were possible before this race, but a one-stopper was most likely. This turned out to be the case, with the drivers going slightly longer on the supersoft than we expected in the cool conditions. The Englishman started on supersoft and changed to soft on lap 32.