Pirelli F1 Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying review

Pirelli F1 Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying review

07.04.2018: Ferrari's Sebastien Vettel takes pole position on P Zero Red supersoft tyres, breaking Bahrain lap record Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, with



Ferrari's Sebastien Vettel takes pole position on P Zero Red supersoft tyres, breaking Bahrain lap record

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, with a five place grid penalty, will run an alternative strategy by starting race on soft

Two pit stops likely for the race with many different tactical permutations possible and several drivers out of position





Ferrari  driver Sebastian  Vettel claimed  pole  position at  the Bahrain Grand Prix,using the supersoft tyre. His best time in Q3 of 1m27.958s beats theprevious all -time  Bahrain  lap  record,  set  by  Valtteri  Bottas in  qualifying last  year.


Following the session, Vettel collected the Pirelli Pole Position Award from Pirelli’s Head of Car Racing Mario Isola.


Vettel, his Ferrari team mate Kimi Raikkonen and the Mercedes of Bottas were the only carsto get through Q1 on the soft tyres only (around 0.6 seconds per lap slower than the supersoft)  with  track  temperatures  of  nearly  40  degrees  centigrade  at  the  start  of  the evening session, which progressively cooled.


Mercedes  driver  Lewis  Hamilton, facing a five-place  grid  penalty,  will  run an  alternative strategy  after setting  his  best  time  in  Q2  on  the  soft  tyre,  meaning  that  this  is  the compound he will start the race on tomorrow evening.




MARIO ISOLA-HEAD OF CAR RACING



“After  an  action-packed  qualifying, there  will be  a  few  drivers  starting  out  of  their  usual  positions  tomorrow,  which  should  make  for  an entertaining race. We’ve  already  seen some interesting strategies in view of the race tomorrow.


Lewis Hamilton beat last year’s supersoft pole  time already in  Q2  using  the  soft  tyre ,  with  which  he  will  start  the  race,  against the rest of the top 10 on supersoft .


We can expect two pit stops for most of the  cars  tomorrow,  but  there  are  a  number  of  different  potential  combinat ions  that  could  work, depending on the speed of each car and the individual race circumstances.”




HOW THE TYRES BEHAVED TODAY



Used by all the drivers throughout qualifying, apart from three in Q1.


Hamilton set his fastest Q2 time on them, so will use soft for his first race stint.


Not seen in qualifying but could form part of a one-stop strategy in the race





- Anthony Peacock, photos Pirelli


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