Pirelli F1 Monaco Grand-Prix qualifying review

Pirelli F1 Monaco Grand-Prix qualifying review

26.05.2018: - Red Bull Claims Monaco pole on hypersoft with Daniel Ricciardo after topping every free practice session

- Red Bull Claims Monaco pole on hypersoft with Daniel Ricciardo after topping every free practice session

- Track record falls again on hypersoft debut with pole more than 1.3 seconds faster than last year

- One pit stop still the most likely race scenario with the hypersoft set to be used extensively




At one of the races where qualifying high up the grid is most important, Red Bull completed its dominance of the Monaco weekend so far by claiming pole position and a new track record with Daniel Ricciardo, on the debut for the new Pink hypersoft tyre.



Ricciardo became only the third driver this year (after Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton) to receive the Pirelli Pole Position Award, which on this occasion was presented by three-time Monaco winner Sir Jackie Stewart, having lowered last year’s pole time by more than 1.3 seconds.



Although the hypersoft showed some degradation during free practice as expected, one stop is still the most likely race strategy due to the importance of track position on this famously narrow street circuit.



Conditions remained dry and warm today and are expected to stay the same tomorrow.






MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING



“The hypersoft is definitely a tyre that will be used extensively during the race, but the key to it will be to avoid graining, especially at the front, in order to keep degradation under control. The drivers who are able to do that will have an advantage.



As usual those starting outside the top 10 have a free choice of tyres, and it will be interesting to see if they adopt alternative tactics at a race where the strategy has always been quite straightforward up to now, depending as always on safety cars: a reasonably common occurrence here.



While Monaco is typical of nowhere else, the extra speed and therefore degradation of the new hypersoft has already added another dimension. Tomorrow we will see how this translates into a race context: it’s going to be particularly fascinating as well to see what Max Verstappen can do from the back.”





HOW THE TYRES BEHAVED TODAY


Around a second faster than ultrasoft, so used for qualifying by most drivers.


Used in Q2 by Mercedes and a possible start tyre for anyone outside the top 10.


Depending on hypersoft degradation, a potential option for the second stint.



FREE PRACTICE 3 – TOP 3 TIMES



Ricciardo 1m11.786s HYPERSOFT USED
Verstappen 1m11.787s HYPERSOFT NEW
Vettel 1m12.023s HYPERSOFT NEW




QUALIFYING TOP 10




Ricciardo 1m10.810s HYPERSOFT NEW
Vettel 1m11.039s HYPERSOFT NEW
Hamilton 1m11.232s HYPERSOFT NEW
Raikkonen 1m11.266s HYPERSOFT NEW
Bottas 1m11.441s HYPERSOFT NEW
Ocon 1m12.061s HYPERSOFT NEW
Alonso 1m12.110s HYPERSOFT NEW
Sainz 1m12.130s HYPERSOFT NEW
Perez 1m12.154s HYPERSOFT NEW
Gasly 1m12.221s HYPERSOFT NEW







Anthony Peacock - photos Pirelli

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