While Sergio Perez’s 41-lap long run on soft tyres earned him a deserved podium finish, another driver managed an even more impressive feat of tyre-nursing in Russia.
Fernando Alonso did almost as many laps – 40 on a single set of super-soft tyres – and was still setting consistent lap times near the end of the race. However his McLaren lacked the pace to contend for the top places – and he lost the final point due to a post-race penalty.
Perez, however, scored Force India’s first podium of the season thanks to their gamble on bringing him in for his sole pit stop when Romain Grosjean’s crash brought out the Safety Car.
“The call to pit under the Safety Car turned out to be very good because it gave us track position ahead of all the battles,” he said.
“With one lap to go, when Valtteri [Bottas] and Kimi [Raikkonen] passed me, it felt like this result had been taken from us. I was obviously disappointed but I also knew I had given all I could during the race.”
“There was no more I could do because I had been on the same tyres for more than 40 laps. When I finally managed to get back into third it was just an amazing feeling.”
2015 Russian Grand Prix tyre strategies
The tyre strategies for each driver:
|Stint 1||Stint 2||Stint 3|
|Lewis Hamilton||Super soft (32)||Soft (21)|
|Sebastian Vettel||Super soft (30)||Soft (23)|
|Sergio Perez||Super soft (12)||Soft (41)|
|Felipe Massa||Soft (30)||Super soft (23)|
|Daniil Kvyat||Super soft (33)||Soft (20)|
|Felipe Nasr||Super soft (34)||Soft (19)|
|Pastor Maldonado||Soft (30)||Super soft (23)|
|Kimi Raikkonen||Super soft (31)||Soft (22)|
|Jenson Button||Super soft (12)||Soft (41)|
|Max Verstappen||Super soft (1)||Soft (23)||Super soft (29)|
|Fernando Alonso||Soft (13)||Super soft (40)|
|Valtteri Bottas||Super soft (26)||Soft (26)|
|Roberto Merhi||Super soft (13)||Soft (39)|
|Will Stevens||Super soft (14)||Soft (3)||Super soft (34)|
|Daniel Ricciardo||Super soft (12)||Soft (35)|
|Carlos Sainz Jnr||Super soft (12)||Soft (33)|
|Romain Grosjean||Super soft (1)||Soft (10)|
|Nico Rosberg||Super soft (7)|
|Nico Hulkenberg||Super soft|
2015 Russian Grand Prix pit stop times
How long each driver’s pit stops took:
|Driver||Team||Pit stop time||Gap||On lap|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||29.732||0.365||12|
|8||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso||30.241||0.874||24|
|9||Carlos Sainz Jnr||Toro Rosso||30.288||0.921||12|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull||30.418||1.051||33|
|14||Sergio Perez||Force India||30.545||1.178||12|
|18||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso||37.334||7.967||1|
2015 Russian Grand Prix
- Sponsor Watch: Mexico, USA and Russia
- Unrepentant Raikkonen says he would repeat Bottas move
- Perez earns first Driver of the Weekend win for three years
- Russia’s second grand prix gets higher rating
- 2015 Russian Grand Prix team radio transcript
31 comments on “Perez’s tyre saving brings a reward – but Alonso’s doesn’t”
11th October 2015, 19:07
Where did the Smirnoff logo go?
11th October 2015, 19:27
Maybe because Russia doesn’t like that vodka brand ;)
11th October 2015, 20:09
No alcohol ads allowed on the cars in Russia @m47e57, so Mclaren also doesn’t have the new chandon sponser on either.
maarten.f1 (@maarten-f1) (@)
11th October 2015, 20:21
@bosyber @m47e57 Don’t think Russia needs alcohol ads..
Rick Lopez (@viscountviktor)
11th October 2015, 20:46
@bosyber Chandon deal doesn’t start till 2016, McLaren didn’t run their johnnie walker logos here in Russia.
12th October 2015, 7:31
Ah true @viscountviktor, still effect the same, but with the ‘challenge’ to not drink and drive still on there – guess that works even though many could associate it with Johnnie Walker :)
@maarten-f1 quite, so I can definitely understand why it’s not allowed there, alcohol is a very big problem still in Russia.
11th October 2015, 21:03
But what about the kingfisher logo? Beer is ok? Not strong enough for Russians..
12th October 2015, 6:43
I think FI still pretends it either the defunct airlines doing the sponsoring or the Cricket club @m47e57
11th October 2015, 20:11
Alcohol advertising is illegal in Russia. Easy to snigger, but if you think about it if any country needs such a ban it’s theirs.
11th October 2015, 20:20
also no martini logo on williams
Jorge Lardone (@jorge-lardone)
11th October 2015, 19:28
Alonso: Button is better than you.
11th October 2015, 22:09
Check the WDC standings mate, and that’s despite Alonso’s car failures while running in the points in Spain, Monaco and Singapore.
12th October 2015, 7:49
Guys .. Really ? Non argument in my book … 11points v 8 points … 6v5 dnf’s …. Hundreds of various grid penalties …Alonso getting upgrades before Button… They are both pretty evenly matched this season but I do think that despite the rubbish they are driving it does seem yet again as though Button is equal to whoever is his team mate. Too often people write him off but each time he seems to hold his own.
Tim M (@tim-m)
12th October 2015, 15:37
I think Kingshark is just reacting to Jorge’s consistent severe dislike of Alonso.
I’m also not shocked that Jenson is holding his own against Alonso; I just wish they both were in a more competitive car. If either of them were in Rosberg’s car, then Hamilton would certainly have more of a challenge on his hands.
3rd November 2015, 12:59
I disagree. If Button was on the other Merc Hamilton would have had an easier time. I claim this because Hamilton really had the measure of him in qualifying. More than he has Rosberg’s and when you are in a frond leading car were your biggest enemy is your team mate then qualifying becomes even more important.
Button was slightly flattered in the years between them because Mclaren wasn’t as fast or reliable and he could take advantage of the problems that come with trying to push the car, strategy, dangers for fighting with others and reliability.
12th October 2015, 11:36
Can you please substantiate a little more this statement? It makes you look like just a fan boy if you do not provide any more data or arguments. Thanks in advance.
11th October 2015, 20:46
Very impressive to see Alonso do 40 laps on Super Soft, I thought Perez doing 41 on Soft was good, I was wrong
11th October 2015, 20:53
@bezza695 I seriously doubt a car as slow as that McLaren Honda is particularly hard on the tyres.
11th October 2015, 23:02
+1 It would be easier for Alonso than it was for Perez.
12th October 2015, 7:52
In commentary on Sky Martin Brundle actually said that it looked like McLaren was “munching” it’s rear tyres … Button said earlier in season that due to lack of power it’s actually harder to preserve tyre life as you’re driving the nuts off the car to stand still … So it was a good effort from Alonso
12th October 2015, 8:50
How? It’s not slower in the corners. It’s slower on the straights.
12th October 2015, 15:08
That car is slower everywhere.
13th October 2015, 10:25
I would guess it is slower on the straights. That’s what Alonso was complaining about in Japan.
11th October 2015, 22:53
That 1s gap in stop time between bottas and vettel has to make for sad reading for smedley. If the left rear wheel gun guy was as quick as the right rear, bottas may have finished second. 3.4s stop time is not good enough if you are fighting for a podium against Ferrari.
12th October 2015, 0:00
Seeing this result and thinking back over Perez’s previous good results it seems so obvious now how McLaren got it wrong with him. It was like they wanted a feisty, aggressive youngster to replace Hamilton. Telling him to stick his elbows out and seeing the way he attempted to drive while at McLaren, it was plainly not his style.
They should have focussed on a car kind to tyres which also would have suited Button. Results like the podiums for Sauber and Force India should easily have been wins with McLarens resources. Perez isn’t a great wheel to wheel racer, but he does have a knack for stretching tyre life out and making risky strategies work.
12th October 2015, 4:20
I would have thought that having two similar drivers in Button and Perez would mean that McLaren wouldn’t have to compromise between the drivers as they did with Button and Hamilton. But I guess they messed that up.
12th October 2015, 11:28
They built a car without good outright pace, brought a driver in who had been delivering results in a midfield car by preserving tyres and using a tortoise and the hare approach and then said right go over drive the car to make up for it’s deficiencies.
It’d be like bringing Peter Prodromou in and saying right we’ve got an engine down on power, we want you to work on the gearbox rather than aero!
12th October 2015, 15:38
Alonso should write a book titled: Running with the Manors!
12th October 2015, 23:29
it would be useless
they are well past manors now and well into sauber/toro rosso territory
I mean, seriously, when will this comparison get old?
13th October 2015, 10:27
“Running with the Minions” would be more appropriate then!
13th October 2015, 15:21
Hmmm, don’t know…..! Alonso did a very good start again and at the end of lap 1 he was 13th if I remember well, but after a while behind him there’re only 2 cars left… the Manors!
Comments are closed.