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British GP: Pirelli Qualifying Review

By Courtesy of Pirelli
July 16 2017

 
 Pirelli British GP Qualifying Review
 
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Mixed conditions characterised qualifying at Silverstone, with the session starting on the intermediate tyre and the track then progressively drying out. Practically all the drivers used the intermediate tyre throughout Q1, but a notable exception was McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, who put the supersoft on in the very closing stages of Q1 to go fastest. The supersoft was used by most drivers for the rest of qualifying, but Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas – who faces a five-place grid penalty tomorrow – took the strategic decision to set his fastest time in Q2 on the soft.

His team mate Lewis Hamilton took an extraordinary pole on the supersoft at the very end of Q3, his time of 1m26.600s (the fastest of the weekend) being more than 2.5 seconds faster than his pole of last year and more than half a second quicker than any other driver.

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“Strategically, the biggest interest in qualifying was from Valtteri Bottas’s decision to run the soft in Q2 in order to have the option to run a different race strategy. This means that he should be able to run a longer first stint than his direct rivals tomorrow and make up track position. With track temperatures rarely above 20 degrees centigrade today and some rain dampening the track at the start of the session, the tyres faced a tough task to generate grip and heat. Nonetheless, Hamilton set an extraordinary lap that once again lowered the record for the current configuration at Silverstone. Pit strategy tomorrow could range between one and two stops, depending on the degradation rate of the supersoft.”

HOW THE TYRES BEHAVED TODAY
INTERMEDIATE - Used at the end of FP3 and in Q1 but not afterwards.
SUPERSOFT - The main tyre used in qualifying, about 0.7s faster than soft.
SOFT - The wild card in qualifying, used by Bottas in Q2.
MEDIUM - Only used for a few runs today in FP3..

 
FREE PRACTICE 3 – TOP 3 TIMES
DRIVER 		TIME 	  COMPOUND 
Hamilton 	1m28.063s SUPERSOFT NEW
Vettel		1m28.095s SUPERSOFT NEW
Bottas 		1m28.137s SUPERSOFT NEW

QUALIFYING TOP 10
DRIVER 		TIME 	  COMPOUND 
Hamilton 	1m26.600s SUPERSOFT NEW
Raikkonen	1m27.147s SUPERSOFT NEW
Vettel 		1m27.356s SUPERSOFT NEW
Bottas		1m27.376s SUPERSOFT NEW
Verstappen 	1m28.130s SUPERSOFT NEW
Hulkenberg	1m28.856s SUPERSOFT NEW
Perez 		1m28.902s SUPERSOFT NEW
Ocon		1m29.074s SUPERSOFT NEW
Vandoorne 	1m29.418s SUPERSOFT NEW
Grosjean	1m29.549s SUPERSOFT NEW

MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR
COMPOUND 	DRIVER 	  LAPS
MEDIUM 		Ocon 	  20
SOFT		Stroll	  27
SUPERSOFT 	Sainz     24
INTERMEDIATE 	Hamilton  9

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND SO FAR
COMPOUND 	DRIVER 	   TIME
MEDIUM 		Bottas 	   1m30.285s
SOFT		Hamilton   1m28.543s
SUPERSOFT 	Hamilton   1m26.600s
INTERMEDIATE 	Verstappen 1m38.912s
 
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