The Key Strategic Moment of the British Grand Prix was Lewis Hamilton taking the initiative from the cockpit of his MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS car to pit for intermediate tyres on lap 43.
With just 13 laps to go and the race under his control, after a disappointing start, which had seen him slip to third, Hamilton had the most to lose from picking the wrong moment to pit.
Whereas timing pit stops in the dry is the job of the team's Strategists, in the wet it needs to be the driver who takes the lead. Nico Rosberg, in second place, had no choice but to gamble on doing another lap and hope that it worked out for him, but Hamilton's timing was right.
Silverstone has the fastest corner combinations on the F1 calendar and is loved by the drivers, but it can be a real headache for the engineers and strategists. The reason for this is the high-speed corners, which put huge loads through the tyres. Pirelli brings the hardest tyres in their range to Silverstone and it is hard to predict their performance. Strategy for this race is dependent on how significant the performance difference is between the medium and hard compounds. Last year, a seven degree temperature change on race day meant they performed unexpectedly and made a one-stop strategy a competitive plan. Unless the temperatures rise too high this year, one stop should be the default again.
In collaboration with James Allen
The ‘Home of Motorsport’ allows for some home comforts for much of the Formula 1 fraternity, with eight of the eleven teams based within 80 miles of the circuit. It has undergone many reconfigurations in recent years but it remains one of the calendar’s most challenging race tracks, thanks to its sequences of fast corners, mixed with two slower, technical sections. A new complex of corners was added in 2010, followed by a new pit-lane and the unveiling of the Wing, an asymmetrical building that contains pit bays on the ground floor. Last year’s race will remain infamous for ‘Pirelli-gate’ as a series of tyre failures required a number of changes to the tyre construction. Many of the highlights over the years centred around British hero Nigel Mansell, especially his 1992 win en route to the world championship. Of the current drivers Fernando Alonso is the most successful here with two wins.
Circuit length 5.891 km
Race distance 306.198 km
2014 race winner Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)