With almost every driver one-stopping and little variation in the strategies, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix indicated Pirelli’s new tyres are needed.
Very little overtaking occurred during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. One driver nursing a technical problem was able to keep five of his rivals behind.
Sebastian Vettel’s lap record from the first Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is still standing eight year’s later. Valtteri Bottas came closest to beating it today.
Lewis Hamilton finished the Brazilian Grand Prix within six seconds of winner Sebastian Vettel despite starting from the pit lane.
There was little variation in the strategies at Interlagos where only four drivers chose not to start the race on super-soft tyres,
Max Verstappen broke the Interlagos lap record during today’s Brazilian Grand Prix, but the Red Bull driver couldn’t run consistently at that pace.
The Mexican Grand Prix was largely a one-stop strategy affair as usual. But the first-lap collision prompted a few novel strategies.
Did the Virtual Safety Car cost Esteban Ocon a podium finish and hand it to Kimi Raikkonen? Probably not – but the other Force India driver was unlucky.
Sebastian Vettel set a new lap record during the Mexican Grand Prix with a time which would almost have been quick enough for pole position last year.
The United States Grand Prix was one of the more varied races we’ve had this year in terms of pit stop strategy.
Max Verstappen climbed the most positions during the United States Grand Prix – but he had to give one of them back.
Sebastian Vettel set the fastest lap of the United States Grand Prix by just one-thousandth of a second as he tried to catch Lewis Hamilton.
Many expected the Japanese Grand Prix to be a two-stop strategy race, but it didn’t turn out that way. Here’s why.
Aside from the pit stops and a few DRS passes on midfielders by drivers from the ‘big three’ teams, the Japanese Grand Prix was short on overtaking.
Valtteri Bottas set the fastest lap of the Japanese Grand Prix but was well short of beating the race lap record for Suzuka.
Esteban Ocon did almost the entire race on a single set of tyres after picking up a puncture early in the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel’s 16-place climb to fourth is the biggest position gain we’ve seen from grid place to finishing position all year long.
The 13-year-old Malaysian Grand Prix lap record held by Juan Pablo Montoya was broken at the final running of the race by Sebastian Vettel.
The Singapore Grand Prix was very unusual in that we saw a standing start in conditions poor enough for several drivers to use full wet weather tyres.
Lance Stroll gained the most places during the Singapore Grand Prix. Examine how the race unfolded with these interactive charts.