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Italian GP: Pirelli Qualifying Review

By Courtesy of Pirelli
September 3 2017

 
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Wet weather conditions at Monza that led to the GP3 and Porsche qualifying sessions being scrubbed also affected Formula 1, FP3 and qualifying, which was halted during Q1 with 13 minutes left to go. After several consecutive 15-minute delays, qualifying finally resumed more than two hours behind schedule once the rain had diminished.

The session was run on wet tyres during the first part of Q1 and then on both intermediate and full wet tyres afterwards as the rain continued in Q2 and Q3, with Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton claiming his 69th pole position by more than a second. This gives him the record for the highest number of pole positions in Formula 1 history.

Because qualifying was a wet session, the top 10 are no longer obliged to run the tyres on which they set their fastest Q2 times for the race start tomorrow.

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“The extreme wet conditions with standing water on the track clearly wasn’t ideal preparation for the grand prix. Monza is the fastest circuit on the championship and even these extreme conditions didn’t stop some drivers reaching top speeds of more than 300kph. On top of that, there are not enough corners to increase tyre temperature and the day was not warm. However, the indications are that tomorrow’s race should be dry, which presents a completely different challenge to what was eventually seen in qualifying. Teams will have to rely on the dry data gained from free practice yesterday in what is likely to be a one-stopper. Without a full complement of information heading into the race, and with a free tyre choice for the starting grid, the teams will have to monitor tyre behaviour carefully tomorrow”.

HOW THE TYRES BEHAVED TODAY
SUPER SOFT - Not seen in wet qualifying. Will be a vital for the race.
SOFT - With free tyre choice for race start, this could make an interesting alternative.
MEDIUM - Unlikely to figure in the race.
INTERMEDIATE - Used in Q1 and most of Q2.
WET - Used in FP3, Q1 and to set pole.

 
FREE PRACTICE 3 – TOP 3 TIMES
DRIVER 		TIME 	   COMPOUND
Massa 		1m 40.660s WET NEW
Stroll		1m 40.888s WET NEW
Hulkenberg 	1m 41.491s WET USED

QUALIFYING TOP 10
DRIVER 		TIME 	   COMPOUND
Hamilton 	1m35.554s  WET NEW
Verstappen	1m 36.702s WET NEW
Ricciardo 	1m 36.841s WET NEW
Stroll		1m 37.032s WET NEW
Ocon 		1m 37.719s WET NEW
Bottas		1m 37.833s WET NEW
Raikkonen 	1m 37.987s WET NEW
Vettel		1m 38.064s WET NEW
Massa 		1m 38.251s WET USED
Vandoorne	1m 39.157s WET NEW

MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR
COMPOUND 	DRIVER 	   	  LAPS
MEDIUM 		Palmer 	   	  16
SOFT		Stroll	   	  31
SUPERSOFT 	Massa 	   	  25
INTERMEDIATE 	Raikkonen  	  10
WET 		Massa, Hulkenberg 12

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND SO FAR
COMPOUND 	DRIVER 	    TIME
MEDIUM 		Palmer 	    1m 26.370s
SOFT		Hamilton    1m 21.956s
SUPERSOFT 	Bottas 	    1m 21.406s
INTERMEDIATE 	Hamilton    1m 34.660s
WET 		Hamilton    1m 35.554s
 
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