The 2016 British Grand Prix looks set to be a race of tyre management. Pirelli have released data on the remaining tyre allocation availble to all drivers ahead of the race and indicated the projected life of each tyre compound.
Tyre usage by the top teams in free practice and qualifying leaves them with minimal opportunity to run fresh tyres on the optimal race strategy. As such we can expect to see a certain level of compromise in strategy approach in tomorrow’s Grand Prix, should it remain dry.
Possible race strategies and maximum laps:
Pirelli recommends that the following numbers of laps are not exceeded on each compound:
Hard* = 26 laps
Medium = 28 laps
Soft = 15 laps
*The hard compound experienced some graining, which is why the useful life of this tyre is predicted to be less than that of the medium.
On this basis, the optimal pit-stop strategies predicted by Pirelli are as follows:
Two-stopper: two stints on soft of 12 laps each + one 28-lap stint on medium
Three-stopper: three stints on soft of 12 laps each + one 16-lap stint on medium
Two-stopper: one 12-lap stint on soft + one 14-lap stint on new soft + one 26-lap stint on hard
Two-stopper: one stint on soft of 12 laps + two 20-lap stints on medium
Different permutations of compound usage within each strategy are possible.