The first news arrived this morning in the Spielberg paddock is that the expected rain should not disturb the styrian Grand Prix. Rainfall is expected after 5pm, when the race should already be over. The prospect of a dry Grand Prix leaves room for the strategies planned by the teams on the feedback collected in free practice.
For the only three drivers (in the top-10) who will start on medium tires, namely Hamilton, Bottas and Verstappen, the Pirelli simulations foresee a first stint of 28-32 laps, with subsequent passage to a set of hard that will guarantee completion of the 71 scheduled sessions. Theoretical calculations, which do not take into account the starting position, indicate as the fastest strategy the soft-medium strategy, with pit stops between lap 25 and 30, followed by the soft-hard one, with change between lap 20 and 25 .
For Hamilton and Bottas the availability of new sets is limited to one hard train, having used two sets of averages yesterday. All the other drivers, including Verstappen, have a set of new ‘yellow’ at their disposal, a train that could come in handy should the race be frozen by the safety car after lap 50.