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Brazilian GP: Pirelli Qualifying Review

By Courtesy of Pirelli
November 12 2017

 
 Pirelli Brazilian GP Qualifying Review
 
Top THree
 

Despite predictions of rain during qualifying, the session remained mainly dry, although with track temperatures that were 20 degrees cooler compared to yesterday. Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas claimed pole position using the supersoft tyre, while Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was the sole competitor to use the soft tyre in Q2, meaning that he will start the race on this compound tomorrow. With a grid penalty in prospect, the Australian hopes to gain track position by running a longer first stint than usual. Another driver facing grid penalties is Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley: he tactically chose not to set a time in Q2, despite going through to the session. Newly-crowned champion Lewis Hamilton crashed his Mercedes in Q1 and will start at the back, meaning that he has a free choice of tyres for the race tomorrow.

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“Up until qualifying the fastest lap seen so far this weekend was Hamilton’s lap from FP1 yesterday. Conditions were much cooler today, which helped the performance of the supersoft: we saw the fastest-ever lap of Interlagos in Q3 courtesy of Bottas. One stop is the most likely option tomorrow but two are possible as well, depending on wear and degradation rates. Conditions tomorrow are forecast to be dry and warmer than today, and this will be one of the factors influencing whether we see one or two pit stops in the race. With a few drivers starting out of position, closely-matched race pace, and a very short lap here at Interlagos, we should be in for an action-packed grand prix.”

HOW THE TYRES BEHAVED TODAY
SUPER SOFT - Used throughout most of qualifying, around 0.6 seconds faster than soft.
SOFT - Ferrari ran them in Q1 while Ricciardo used them in Q2.
MEDIUM - Seen only for installation laps today and unlikely to feature in the race.

 
FREE PRACTICE 3 – TOP 3 TIMES 
DRIVER 		TIME 	  COMPOUND 
Bottas 		1m09.281s SUPERSOFT NEW 
Hamilton 	1m09.284s SUPERSOFT NEW 
Raikkonen 	1m09.326s SUPERSOFT NEW

QUALIFYING TOP 10
DRIVER 		TIME 	  COMPOUND 
Bottas 		1m08.322s SUPERSOFT  NEW 
Vettel 		1m08.360s SUPERSOFT  NEW 
Raikkonen 	1m08.538s SUPERSOFT  NEW 
Verstappen 	1m08.925s SUPERSOFT  NEW 
Ricciardo 	1m09.330s SUPERSOFT  NEW 
Perez 		1m09.598s SUPERSOFT  NEW 
Alonso 		1m09.617s SUPERSOFT  NEW 
Hulkenberg 	1m09.703s SUPERSOFT  NEW 
Sainz 		1m09.805s SUPERSOFT  NEW 
Massa		1m09.841s SUPERSOFT  NEW

MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR
COMPOUND 	DRIVER 		LAPS 
MEDIUM 		Vandoorne 	5 
SOFT 		Massa 		32 
SUPERSOFT 	Stroll, Vettel 	32

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND SO FAR
COMPOUND 	DRIVER 	  TIME 
MEDIUM 		Alonso 	  1m12.829s 
SOFT 		Raikkonen 1m09.405s 
SUPERSOFT 	Bottas 	  1m08.322s
 
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