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Brazilian GP: Pirelli Qualifying Review

By Courtesy of Pirelli
November 11 2018

 
 Pirelli Brazilian GP Qualifying Review
 
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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton took pole position in Interlagos, setting a new track record, after going fastest on the supersoft in Q3. Qualifying was held in mixed conditions, with some rain beginning to fall at the end of Q1 and persisting until the end, which affected grip throughout qualifying. While all the drivers used the supersoft to get through Q1, the Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull drivers selected the soft compound to try and get through Q2. However, only the Ferrari drivers set their quickest Q2 times on the soft, which means that they will be the only drivers in the top 10 to start on this compound tomorrow, when the weather is expected to be warmer. In which case, the fastest strategy should be a one-stopper, from soft to medium, with a two-stopper possible as well. However, if the weather is cooler – similar to yesterday – a different one-stop strategy would be quickest. Hamilton was presented with the Pirelli Pole Position Award by Brazil’s Felipe Massa: a two-time winner of his home grand prix.

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“While qualifying in Brazil is far from being a lottery, you certainly need a bit of luck on your side, both with the weather and the traffic, which were two talking points of qualifying today. The race is expected to be warm and dry, which will mean that we will be running in relatively unfamiliar conditions compared to the rest of the weekend up to now. This will obviously have an impact on the strategy, with a flexible approach that gives a few options perhaps paying dividends. The key to qualifying was Q2: although
the top three teams all tried to get through the session on the soft tyre, Ferrari was the only team to commit to this strategy by not setting a time on the supersoft compound – and so was the only team to succeed. As a result, it’s going to be interesting to see if this tactic works best for the race tomorrow.”

HOW THE TYRES BEHAVED TODAY
MEDIUM - Not seen in qualifying but will probably be needed for a one-stopper.
SOFT - The top three teams used these in Q2: only Ferrari will start the race on them.
SUPERSOFT - The fastest tyre by about 0.5 seconds, used for most of qualifying.

 
FREE PRACTICE 3 – TOP 3 TIMES
DRIVER 		TIME 	  COMPOUND
Vettel 		1m07.948s SUPERSOFT NEW
Hamilton 	1m08.165s SUPERSOFT NEW
Bottas 		1m08.465s SUPERSOFT NEW

QUALIFYING TOP 10
DRIVER 		TIME 	  COMPOUND
Hamilton 	1m07.281s SUPERSOFT NEW
Vettel 		1m07.374s SUPERSOFT NEW
Bottas 		1m07.441s SUPERSOFT NEW
Raikkonen 	1m07.456s SUPERSOFT NEW
Verstappen 	1m07.778s SUPERSOFT NEW
Ricciardo 	1m07.780s SUPERSOFT NEW
Ericsson 	1m08.296s SUPERSOFT NEW
Leclerc 	1m08.492s SUPERSOFT USED
Grosjean 	1m08.517s SUPERSOFT USED
Gasly 		1m09.029s SUPERSOFT USED


MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR
COMPOUND 	DRIVER 	  LAPS
SUPERSOFT 	Magnussen 28
SOFT 		Sainz 	  35
MEDIUM 		Raikkonen 25

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND SO FAR
COMPOUND 	DRIVER 	  TIME
SUPERSOFT 	Hamilton  1m07.281s
SOFT 		Vettel 	  1m07.776s
MEDIUM 		Bottas 	  1m09.668s
 
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