Turn 14 Statistics
Initial speed Final speed Stopping distance Braking time Maximum deceleration Maximum pedal load Braking power 333km/h 61mm/h 159m 1.74 sec 4.9g 183kg 2120kW
The circuit is not especially critical for brakes on account of the high downforce setup the cars normally run here. was also in the wars, losing his front wing between Turns 2 and 3 as Felipe Nasr swerved across his bows.
Both Räikkönen and Hamilton had to pit for new noses, but the race would come back to them. Such is the Red Bull’s straight-line decit that Ricciardo was almost certain to lose the lead as soon as DRS became available on the third lap, but he could never have predicted that his rearleft tyre would lose pressure and shred itself as Rosberg breezed past on the back straight. Pirelli would later put the failure down to debris, most likely at the rst corner.
To clear the mess left by Ricciardo’s disintegrating left rear, Race Control deployed the Safety Car, setting in motion another strategic shake-up. Felipe Massa had complained before the race that low grip caused by Pirelli’s insistence on high minimum tyre pressures would articially promote overtaking, but instead it was the sheer variety of strategies that turned this grand prix into a riot of passing manoeuvres.
Kvyat, Pérez, Hülkenberg and Sainz all pitted under the Safety Car to dispose of their supersofts. Vettel followed them in to do the same, briey gained two positions by nipping past as Hülkenberg slowed almost to a crawl at the pit entry, and left with a new front wing as well. The extra time to t the new nose didn’t hurt him too badly, for although he emerged in 15th place he had not lost many net positions – many of the drivers between him and the leader had started on soft tyres and didn’t pit under the Safety Car.
The race was green-agged after four laps and Rosberg simply eased away from the gaggle of non-stoppers (Massa, Alonso, Wehrlein and Gutiérrez) that separated him and Kvyat, whose fading hopes of victory now hinged on him clearing the slower cars ahead as soon as possible. As Rosberg consolidated his grip on the lead, the differing strategies created ripples of overtaking behind.
Those strategies shook out with Kvyat emerging from his third and nal pitstop with Vettel just behind, making him easy prey for a DRS-assisted move on the back straight. That set the order of the podium positions ahead of the recovering Ricciardo, who had fought a race-long battle with Hamilton and Räikkönen as they picked their way through the eld.
Ultimately it was the timing of their nal pitstops that decided the matter: Ricciardo and Räikkönen stopped seven laps later and their tyres – particularly Räikkönen’s new softs – were fresher when it mattered. Hamilton ended up stuck behind Felipe Massa in seventh, and will count himself blessed that the race ended when it did, given that Max Verstappen was looming in his mirrors…