Pirelli F1 Belgian Grand Prix qualifying

Pirelli F1 Belgian Grand Prix qualifying

23.08.2015: 2015 Belgian Grand Prix Spa Francorchamps - Hamilton's six consecutive pole positions this season equals Michael

2015 Belgian Grand Prix – Spa Francorchamps




- Hamilton's six consecutive pole positions this season equals Michael Schumacher's benchmark, using P Zero yellow soft

- Performance gap of approximately 1,4/1.5 seconds between medium and soft compounds

- Two pit stops or more expected for tomorrow Belgian Grand-Prix




Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has equalled Michael Schumacher’s run of six consecutive pole positions, after going fastest in qualifying at Spa on the Pirelli P Zero Yellow soft tyre. This was also the ninth Mercedes one-two of the season, with Hamilton’s pole time of 1m47.197s.


Hamilton and his team mate Nico Rosberg were the only drivers to get through Q1 on the medium tyre. Not only that, but they were first and second fastest respectively, during their second run on the medium compound.


From Q2 onwards, the drivers all used the soft compound, which is currently around 1.4/1.5 seconds per lap faster than the medium tyre. Once again, the two Mercedes were fastest: a pattern that was repeated in Q3.


The final top 10 shootout was clinched by Hamilton after the second of two runs on the soft tyre, with Rosberg just under half a second behind. However, historically Spa is not a circuit where starting on pole is crucial for race victory, meaning that an unpredictable battle is still likely tomorrow.


Unusually for Spa, the weather remained warm and dry all day, with track temperatures exceeding 40 degrees centigrade. Dry conditions are expected to continue tomorrow, but the microclimate around the Ardennes region means that nothing can be taken for granted.


Hamilton’s stunning form was also reflected in the final free practice session this morning, during which he again topped the times, using the medium tyre.


Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director
: “The battle for pole between the two Mercedes drivers was stunning, with very little to choose between them right up to the end of qualifying on this amazing track.


With a significant performance gap between the medium and soft compounds, and quite high degradation expected, there is plenty of scope for strategy here at Spa, with at least two pit stops anticipated for the majority of competitors.


We’ve got a few drivers starting out of position due to penalties or other problems, so it’s going to be interesting to see how they tailor their strategies and use the tyres they have saved to move up through the field.”



The Pirelli strategy predictor:


The fastest strategy on paper for the 44-lap race is theoretically a two-stopper (start on soft, soft again on lap 15, medium on lap 30). However, some drivers might try a three-stop S/S/S/M sprint strategy to limit tyre degradation and gain track position – but this depends on individual patterns of tyre usage and traffic.



Fastest compounds in FP3
:

1    Hamilton    1m48.984s     Soft new
2    Rosberg     1m49.482s     Soft new
3    Vettel     1m49.629s     Soft new


Top 10 tyre use:


Hamilton     1m47.197s     Soft new
Rosberg     1m47.655s     Soft new
Bottas     1m48.537s     Soft new
Grosjean     1m48.561s     Soft new
Perez     1m48.599s     Soft new
Ricciardo     1m48.639s     Soft new
Massa     1m48.685s     Soft new
Maldonado     1m48.754s     Soft new
Vettel     1m48.825s     Soft new
Sainz     1m49.771s     Soft new
 
 
 
 

Anthony Peacock  , Francescopaolo Tarallo - photo Pirelli

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