The 2021 edition of Bahrain Grand Prix, first date of the 2021 World Cup F1, was the scene of a tense strategic battle between Max Verstappen (Red Bull), which started from pole position, and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), ultimately the winner after defending themselves in the final section with tires with more laps on their backs.
The Englishman took the lead after advancing his first pit stop, but Verstappen gave him a tough battle in the final stint with 11 laps fewer tires. Both runners used different tactics, but with two stops everyone.
Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), who completed the podium, made a third visit to the pits in the final stretch of the GP to set up a middle game that has helped him set the fastest lap of the race and score the bonus point. A revenge for what happened at his second stop, which took a dozen seconds due to the inconvenience to remove a wheel.
Sergio Pérez has also stopped three times in his debut with Red Bull, who finished in fifth place after starting from the pit lane. The AlphaTauri de Pierre Gasly He has completed the shortlist of riders who have changed tires three times, unexpectedly in his case, having to add an initial pit stop due to contact with a rival.
“The tire strategy has been one of the keys to this exciting race. Despite resorting to similar tactics, Lewis Hamilton stopped before Max Verstappen, forcing him to complete a longer final stint and which he managed to perfection. All three compounds performed very well on Sunday, particularly surprising the medium, which allowed Verstappen to complete a long intermediate stint ”, explained Mario isola, responsible for Pirelli in the F.1.
“Throughout the 56 laps we have seen a great strategic diversity: up to five drivers have used the three available compounds and two of them have reached the Top 5 stopping three times. The tactics reflected, to a large extent, the volume of games left to each driver ”, He added.
THE BEHAVIOR OF THE TIRES IN THE BAHRAIN GP
HARD (C2): It was one of the key ingredients in the excitement of the race, especially during the final duel between Hamilton and Verstappen. Mercedes and AlphaTauri were the only teams to keep two new sets for the race, allowing, without going any further, the winner of the test to complete a stint of 28 laps with a performance
MEDIUM (C3): The choice preferred by the majority of runners for the start, including the first three. Verstappen also used this compound in his intermediate stint, while Mercedes used the hard one. This compound has shown a reduced time difference compared to the hard one, as demonstrated by the data collected during free practice on Friday.
SOFT (C4): Exclusive protagonist during the start of the race, which nine riders have tackled on these tires. Its useful life has been extended beyond expectations due to the appearance of the safety car and colder temperatures than expected.
|THIS WERE THE DETENTIONS IN THE BOXES|
|No.||PILOT||START||PIT 1||PIT 2||PIT 3|
|44||HAM||C3u||C2n (13)||C2n (28)|
|33||SEE||C3u||C3n (17)||C2n (39)|
|77||BOT||C3u||C2n (16)||C2n (30)||C3u (54)|
|4||NOR||C4u||C3n (12)||C2n (33)|
|11||FOR||C3u||C3u (2)||C2n (19)||C3u (38)|
|16||LEC||C4u||C3n (12)||C2n (32)|
|3||RIC||C4u||C3n (13)||C2n (32)|
|55||SAI||C4u||C3n (15)||C2n (37)|
|22||TSU||C3u||C2n (15)||C2n (33)|
|18||STR||C4u||C3n (12)||C2n (28)|
|7||RAI||C3n||C2n (13)||C3n (29)|
|99||GIO||C3n||C2n (12)||C3n (30)|
|31||OCO||C4n||C3n (13)||C2n (31)|
|63||RUSSIAN||C4n||C3n (13)||C3n (36)|
|47||MSC||C3n||C3n (14)||C2n (33)|
|10||GAS||C3u||C2n (4)||C3u (19)||C2n (39)|
|6||LAT||C4n||C3n (14)||C3n (32)|
|14||HELLO||C4u||C3n (11)||C2n (29)|
Note: C2, hard compound; C3, middle compound; and C4, soft compound. N, new game; U, game used.