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British GP: Pirelli Qualifying Review

By Courtesy of Pirelli
July 8 2018

 
 Pirelli British GP Qualifying Review
 
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Hamilton set his pole time on the soft tyre, which was used throughout most of qualifying by all the drivers. In doing so, he beat his own track record from last year.

Track temperatures peaked at more than 40 degrees centigrade in qualifying, with 27 degrees ambient. Similar conditions are expected for the race tomorrow, which gets underway just after 2pm. A one-stop strategy, which won the race last year, is theoretically fastest.

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“Again we had unusually warm track temperatures today, with the drivers able to use their experience of similar conditions yesterday. With the soft tyre being approximately a second per lap faster than any other compound, we saw everyone using this in Q2, with no drivers trying a harder compound to start the grand prix as has been the case in recent races. The degradation rate of the soft tyre will determine the strategy tomorrow. A one-stop strategy is theoretically quickest, but if high degradation is encountered on the soft – a distinct possibility in these warm conditions – a two-stop strategy would be better. As we could see throughout qualifying, the gap between the top teams is very close, so strategy might make the difference; especially as there could be a reasonably wide pit stop window.”

HOW THE TYRES BEHAVED TODAY
HARD - Not seen in qualifying at all but could be an option in a one-stop strategy.
MEDIUM - Both Mercedes drivers and the Ferrari of Raikkonen used these in Q1.
SOFT - Used for the majority of quali, a full two seconds faster than the hard tyre.

 
FREE PRACTICE 3 – TOP 3 TIMES
DRIVER 		TIME 	  COMPOUND
Hamilton 	1m26.722s SOFT NEW
Raikkonen	1m26.815s SOFT NEW
Bottas 		1m27.364s SOFT NEW

QUALIFYING TOP 10
DRIVER 		TIME 	  COMPOUND
Hamilton 	1m25.892s SOFT NEW
Vettel		1m25.936s SOFT NEW
Raikkonen 	1m25.990s SOFT NEW
Bottas		1m26.217s SOFT NEW
Verstappen 	1m26.602s SOFT NEW
Ricciardo	1m27.099s SOFT NEW
Magnussen 	1m27.244s SOFT NEW
Grosjean	1m27.455s SOFT NEW
Leclerc 	1m27.879s SOFT NEW
Ocon		1m28.194s SOFT NEW

MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR
COMPOUND 	DRIVER 	 	     LAPS
SOFT 		Gasly 	  	     23
MEDIUM		Vettel	  	     24
HARD 		Hulkenberg, Sirotkin 20
 
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