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GP Week : Issue 194
With Pirelli’s soft compound proving to be considerably more durable than in India, three drivers chose to roll the dice on a one-stop strategy in Abu Dhabi with varying results. Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne ran till lap 17 before switching to the medium compound tyre and as time wore on it looked as though the Frenchman would claim the scalps of Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa. But with just eight laps remaining, the STR8’s tyres fell off the cliff in dramatic fashion, relegating Vergne from eighth to seventeenth in the blink of an eye. Speaking after the race, Vergne admitted that a two-stop strategy was on the cards, but said that he felt a split strategy was worth a shot. “Looking at how the race was developing, we decided to take this gamble, but it didn’t pay off,” he explained. “I tried all I could to keep the tyres alive, but it was not enough. A shame, as I was in the points for most of the race, especially as the car felt good and I was running at a strong pace. It seems that luck is just not on my side this season, as it’s not the first time I’ve been having a good race until circumstances have worked against me.” Force India seemed to make a one-stop strategy work with relative ease; Paul di Resta running until lap 20 on the softs and Adrian Sutil a remarkable 27 laps on the option compound during his final stint. The pair finished in sixth and tenth respectively, putting Force India within 18 points of McLaren’s fifth place in the constructors’ standings with two races remaining. “It’s a great feeling to make the strategy work,” di Resta said after the race. “There were times when we had to be very quick and times when we had to manage the pace and look after the tyres. Towards the end of the race I was battling with Fernando and Lewis, but it was impossible to hold Fernando back because he was on much fresher soft tyres.” Teammate Sutil was equally praising of the team’s decision to gamble with its strategy: “It’s not been an easy weekend with the problems I had during practice and qualifying, but the strategy today was the right one. I was running in ninth until the last lap ahead of Perez, but by that time I had done 27 laps on the soft tyres and it was very hard to defend because I had no traction out of the slow speed corners.” Yas Marina's one-stop shop 32 GPWEEK.com // 32 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> ABU DHABI