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Canadian GP: Pirelli Qualifying Review

By Courtesy of Pirelli
June 10 2017

 
 Pirelli Canadian GP Qualifying Review
 
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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix, setting the fastest time ever seen around the Montreal circuit, using the P Zero Purple ultrasoft tyres. Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel and his team mate Kimi Raikkonen (who qualified second and fourth) were the only drivers to get through Q1 using the supersoft tyre only, which is reckoned to be just under a second slower than the ultrasoft.

Conditions remained warm and dry for qualifying, with the ultrasoft used by all drivers from Q2 onwards. A one-stop strategy is expected for the majority of competitors tomorrow: however, a two-stopper is also possible. Track evolution continued throughout the qualifying sessions.

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“Today, we saw the fastest lap ever of Montreal that improved on the 2016 pole by more than 1.3 seconds: a remarkable difference given that this has been gained purely from traction, as there aren’t many big corners here. The times were extremely close in a thrilling session, just as we saw in FP3. The challenge in Montreal consisted of getting the front and rear tyres working in harmony: as the rears are normally working harder than the fronts. Hooking them up together was key to a fast time in qualifying. Montreal isn’t one of the races where pole position means everything, so the prospects for the grand prix remain wide open.”

HOW THE TYRES BEHAVED TODAY
SOFT - Not seen in qualifying but race performance quite close to supersoft.
SUPER SOFT - Only used by Ferrari in Q1: just under a second slower than ultrasoft.
ULTRA SOFT - The key choice for qualifying: all the top 10 will start on this tyre.

 
FREE PRACTICE 3 – TOP 3 TIMES
DRIVER 		TIME 	  COMPOUND 
Vettel 		1m12.572s ULTRASOFT NEW
Raikkonen	1m12.864s ULTRASOFT NEW
Hamilton 	1m12.926s ULTRASOFT NEW

QUALIFYING TOP 10
DRIVER   	TIME 	  COMPOUND 
Hamilton 	1m11.459s ULTRASOFT NEW
Vettel	 	1m11.789s ULTRASOFT NEW 
Bottas 	  	1m12.177s ULTRASOFT NEW
Raikkonen	1m12.252s ULTRASOFT NEW 
Verstappen 	1m12.403s ULTRASOFT NEW
Ricciardo	1m12.557s ULTRASOFT NEW
Massa 		1m12.858s ULTRASOFT NEW
Perez		1m13.018s ULTRASOFT NEW
Ocon 		1m13.135s ULTRASOFT NEW
Hulkenberg	1m13.271s ULTRASOFT NEW

MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR
COMPOUND 	DRIVER    LAPS 
SOFT 		Wehrlein  20
SUPERSOFT	Vettel 	  29
ULTRASOFT 	Massa 	  29

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND SO FAR
COMPOUND	DRIVER 	  TIME
SOFT 		Bottas 	  1m14.079s
SUPERSOFT	Vettel	  1m13.046s
ULTRASOFT 	Hamilton  1m11.459s
 
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