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Japanese GP: Pirelli Qualifying Review

By Courtesy of Pirelli
October 6 2018

 
 Pirelli Japanese GP Qualifying Review
 
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In mixed conditions, which even prompted some intermediate tyre running in Q3, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position on the supersoft. As the rain fell harder, the times set on the first Q3 runs with the slick tyres proved to be quickest.

The Mercedes drivers got through Q2 on the soft tyre and so will start on this compound from first and second tomorrow. The only other driver in the top 10 of the grid who will start on the soft tyre is Haas’s Romain Grosjean.

As usual, the teams will aim to one-stop tomorrow. However, with conditions expected to be much warmer and drier, race circumstances might lead to a two-stopper being quicker. For the first time, the Pirelli Pole Position Award was presented by a local fan, chosen via a social media poll.

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“In this mixed wet and dry session, it was never easy to make the right calls: in the end the times early in Q3 on the supersoft turned out to be the decisive ones. For the race tomorrow, the forecast is for conditions that are quite different. This throws a few question marks on the strategy, with the teams always looking to get through the race with just one stop if they can. However, the track and weather conditions may not make this possible. With three cars in the top 10 of the grid starting on the soft tyre – including first and second – we should see an interesting mix of strategies, with all three slick compounds having a potential role to play in the race. It was a complicated qualifying session today, but at least the teams obtained plenty of dry running data yesterday.”

HOW THE TYRES BEHAVED TODAY
MEDIUM - Not used in qualifying but could prove to be key for a one-stopper.
SOFT - Mercedes and Haas ran these in Q2: the only teams to do so.
SUPERSOFT - Used for most of quali, just under 0.7s.faster than the soft.

 
FREE PRACTICE 3 – TOP 3 TIMES
DRIVER 		TIME      COMPOUND
Hamilton 	1m29.599s SUPERSOFT NEW
Vettel 		1m29.715s SUPERSOFT NEW
Raikkonen 	1m30.054s SUPERSOFT NEW

QUALIFYING TOP 10
DRIVER 		TIME 	  COMPOUND
Hamiton 	1m27.760s SUPERSOFT NEW
Bottas 		1m28.059s SUPERSOFT NEW
Verstappen 	1m29.057s SUPERSOFT NEW
Raikkonen 	1m29.521s SUPERSOFT NEW
Grosjean 	1m29.761s SUPERSOFT NEW
Hartley 	1m30.023s SUPERSOFT NEW
Gasly 		1m30.093s SUPERSOFT NEW
Ocon 		1m30.126s SUPERSOFT NEW
Vettel 		1m32.192s SUPERSOFT NEW
Perez 		1m37.229s SUPERSOFT NEW

MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR
COMPOUND 	DRIVER 	  LAPS
MEDIUM 		Sirotkin  25
SOFT 		Stroll 	  25
SUPERSOFT 	Sirotkin  24

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND SO FAR
COMPOUND 	DRIVER 	  TIME
MEDIUM 		Bottas    1m29.137s
SOFT 		Bottas    1m27.987s
SUPERSOFT 	Hamilton  1m27.760s
 
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