Pirelli F1 Japanese Grand-Prix qualifying

Pirelli F1 Japanese Grand-Prix qualifying

07.10.2017: - Lewis Hamilton claims pole for Mercedes smashing Suzuka all-time lap-record on supersoft - Alternative strategy for Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas, who will start on soft




- Lewis Hamilton claims pole for Mercedes smashing Suzuka all-time lap-record on supersoft

- Alternative strategy for Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas, who will start on soft

- Two pit stops expected for most drivers in the 53 lap race tomorrow, if it remains dry and warm




Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton demolished the Suzuka alltime lap record to claim pole position on the supersoft tyre.


Hamilton and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel were the only two drivers to get through Q1 on the soft tyres only while their team mates, Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen, adopted an alternative strategy for Q2.




Both set their fastest Q2 times on the soft tyre, which they will begin the race on tomorrow. However, Bottas and Raikkonen are among several drivers to have collected grid penalties, so they will start further back tomorrow.



With today’s dry weather expected to remain tomorrow, two pit stops should be the optimal strategy. However, there is always the possibility of a safety car to disrupt the strategy in Suzuka, with red flags seen in free practice as well as during Q1.




MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING



“Hamilton’s remarkable lap, which obliterates the previous all-time Suzuka record, has underlined the pace of the latest-generation Formula 1 car and tyres, even though preparation for the race has been interrupted by weather and red flags up until now. Pole this year was in fact 3.3 seconds faster than 2016, with the tyres performing perfectly.



We would expect two pit stops for most drivers in the race tomorrow, as this is one of the circuits that takes the most energy out of the tyres of the entire year. Already we’ve seen some tactics in qualifying, with two of the drivers carrying grid penalties opting to start on the soft tyres.


 This should allow them to gain track position by running a longer first stint than their direct rivals. Last weekend in Malaysia proved that, with the right strategy, it’s still possible to get a good result even starting from the back.”



HOW THE TYRES BEHAVED TODAY




All the drivers in the top 10 grid positions will start on this tyre, except for Bottas.


 Bottas and Raikkonen were the only drivers to use this tyre in Q2.


Seen only at the beginning of FP3 today for installation laps.





QUALIFYING TOP 10

Hamilton 1m27.319s SUPERSOFT NEW
Bottas 1m27.651s SUPERSOFT NEW
Vettel 1m27.791s SUPERSOFT NEW
Ricciardo 1m28.306s SUPERSOFT NEW
Verstappen 1m28.332s SUPERSOFT NEW
Raikkonen 1m28.498s SUPERSOFT NEW
Ocon 1m29.111s SUPERSOFT NEW
Perez 1m29.260s SUPERSOFT NEW
Massa 1m29.480s SUPERSOFT NEW
Alonso 1m30.687s SUPERSOFT NEW


Anthony Peacock - photo Pirelli

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