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Chinese GP: Pirelli Qualifying Review

By Courtesy of Pirelli
April 14 2018

 
 Pirelli Qualifying Review Chinese GP
 
Pole Winner
 

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel set pole position using P Zero Purple ultrasoft tyres by breaking the Shanghai all-time track record from last year, in cool conditions of 14 degrees centigrade ambient and 15 degrees on track.

Ultrasoft was mainly seen in qualifying, apart from Haas’s Kevin Magnussen and both Williams, who used the soft during Q1. The soft tyres were also a highlight of Q2, with both Mercedes and Ferrari running on it to ensure they will start the race on this compound tomorrow after a highly-tactical session.

The final Q3 session was the only one run exclusively on the ultrasoft tyres, with pole position decided on the final runs.

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“The cool conditions helped the ultrasoft tyre today, which has a low working range, but the picture might change slightly tomorrow if conditions are a bit warmer, as is expected. Qualifying today was particularly tricky as yesterday’s rain also cleaned the track of residual rubber, leaving very little grip and ensuring drivers had to warm up the rubber carefully. Nonetheless, we saw the track record broken around this circuit, with a particularly good effort by Red Bull to get Daniel Ricciardo out after an engine change. The crucial session was Q2, with both Mercedes and Ferrari choosing to start the race on the soft tyre. Strategy-wise, we could see a variety of options tomorrow, with a one-stop possible. With the nominations we have selected, all three compounds can play an important role.”

HOW THE TYRES BEHAVED TODAY
ULTRASOFT - Top 10 apart from Mercedes and Ferrari will start on this tyre
SOFT - Seen during Q1 with Haas and Williams; also in Q2 with Mercedes and Ferrari.
MEDIUM - Not seen in qualifying but could be an important part of a potential one-stopper.

 
FREE PRACTICE 3 – TOP 3 TIMES
DRIVER 		TIME 	  COMPOUND
Vettel 		1m33.018s ULTRASOFT NEW
Raikkonen	1m33.469s ULTRASOFT NEW
Bottas 		1m33.761s ULTRASOFT NEW

QUALIFYING TOP 10
DRIVER 		TIME 	  COMPOUND
Vettel 		1m31.095s ULTRASOFT NEW
Raikkonen	1m31.182s ULTRASOFT NEW
Bottas 		1m31.625s ULTRASOFT NEW
Hamilton	1m31.675s ULTRASOFT NEW
Verstappen 	1m31.796s ULTRASOFT NEW
Ricciardo	1m31.948s ULTRASOFT NEW
Hulkenberg 	1m32.532s ULTRASOFT NEW
Perez		1m32.758s ULTRASOFT NEW
Sainz 		1m32.819s ULTRASOFT NEW
Grosjean	1m32.855s ULTRASOFT NEW

MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR
COMPOUND 	DRIVER 	  		LAPS
MEDIUM 		Leclerc   		21
SOFT		Ericsson, Sirotkin	21
ULTRASOFT 	Gasly 			22
INTERMEDIATE	Ocon, Perez		3

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND SO FAR
COMPOUND 	DRIVER 	  TIME
MEDIUM 		Bottas 	  1m34.387s
SOFT		Hamilton  1m31.914s
ULTRASOFT 	Vettel    1m31.095s
INTERMEDIATE	Ocon	  1m51.665s
 
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