Pirelli F1 Singapore Grand-Prix qualifying review

Pirelli F1 Singapore Grand-Prix qualifying review

16.09.2017: -Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel seals pole on the ultrasoft with fastest-ever lap of Singapore - PZero Purple only used from start

-Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel seals pole on the ultrasoft with fastest-ever lap of Singapore

- PZero Purple only used from start to finish of qualifying in Singapore, with significant track evolution

- One stop is the most likely race strategy, but safety cars can be a facor as usual on this circuit





Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel claimed pole position under the lights of Singapore on the P Zero Purple ultrasoft tyre, which was used by all the drivers from start to finish of qualifying.


Vettel’s time of 1m39.491s – 3.1 seconds faster than last year’s pole – is the quickest lap ever seen at the Marina Bay circuit, with the 2016 pole time already beaten in Q1. Track temperature was around 34 degrees centigrade during qualifying.



There was high track evolution during Q1 in particular; also because of some oil dropped from a previous support race. Tyre wear and degradation as measured during FP2 yesterday remained quite low even on the ultrasoft tyre, opening up the possibility of a one-stop strategy tomorrow even if tyre degradation should increase.



MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING



“The track got progressively faster quite quickly, once the oil on the track had cleared. This allowed an incredibly fast and closely-fought qualifying session, with plenty of drivers beating the previous all-time record at Singapore.



On a circuit which favours the mechanical grip like this one, the wider 2017 tyres offered an important contribution to this result. As tyre wear and degradation is low on all three compounds, one-stop should be the favoured strategy; however, with a 100% safety car record in Singapore and unpredictable track conditions, teams will need to remain versatile and adapt their strategies to the circumstances of the race.”




HOW THE TYRES BEHAVED TODAY



Used in qualifying and FP3 today: around a second faster than supersoft.


Only used for some installation laps in FP3 today, important tomorrow.


Could become a key ingredient of a one-stopper tomorrow.



FREE PRACTICE 3 – TOP 3 TIMES


Verstappen 1m 41.829s ULTRASOFT NEW
Vettel 1m 41.901s ULTRASOFT NEW
Hamilton 1m 41.971s ULTRASOFT NEW


DRIVER TIME COMPOUND


Vettel 1m 39.491s ULTRASOFT NEW
Verstappen 1m 39.814s ULTRASOFT NEW
Ricciardo 1m 39.840s ULTRASOFT NEW
Raikkonen 1m 40.069s ULTRASOFT NEW
Hamilton 1m 40.126s ULTRASOFT NEW
Bottas 1m 40.810s ULTRASOFT NEW
Hulkenberg 1m 41.013s ULTRASOFT NEW
Alonso 1m 41.179s ULTRASOFT NEW
Vandoorne 1m 41.398s ULTRASOFT NEW
Sainz 1m 42.056s ULTRASOFT NEW


COMPOUND DRIVER LAPS


SOFT Vettel 23
SUPERSOFT Grosjean, Perez, Verstappen 23
ULTRASOFT Ricciardo 26


Anthony Peacock - photo Pirelli

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