98 kWh


En­ergy dis­si­pated

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 decit 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 articially 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, briey 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…

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