Pirelli F1 Malaysian Grand-Prix qualifying

Pirelli F1 Malaysian Grand-Prix qualifying

30.09.2017: - Lewis Hamilton claims pole for Mercedes lowering once more th Sepang Lap Record - Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull's

- Lewis Hamilton claims pole for Mercedes lowering once more th Sepang Lap Record

- Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull's Max Verstappen use just three sets of supersoft throughout qualifying

- One pit stop possible for 56-lap race tomorrow: In the case of hotter conditions, a two-stopper could be chosen





Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has claimed pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix, following a dramatic qualifying held in warm conditions with just over 40 degrees of track temperature.


Both Mercedes drivers, as well as the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull of Max Verstappen, got through Q1 using the soft tyres only, which were around 0.8 seconds per lap slower than the supersofts during free practice.



From then on, the supersoft tyre was used throughout the rest of qualifying, which unusually took place at 5pm: two hours after tomorrow’s scheduled race start time.




MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING


“The supersoft was used throughout the qualifying hour, apart from four drivers who ran the soft to set their quickest times in Q1. Once more, the general tendency of seeing faster times this season after bringing softer compounds than last year has continued, with this year’s pole position nearly three seconds faster than the 2016 equivalent.



Despite the increased demands on the tyres and faster cornering speeds – which have led to the quicker lap times, with the lap record falling many times this weekend – it’s possible we’ll see a one stop race tomorrow, using a supersoft-soft strategy.



 A two-stopper could become interesting if conditions are significantly warmer than in qualifying today. However, the variable weather here means that Sepang is always one of the hardest races to predict.”





HOW THE TYRES BEHAVED TODAY



Used throughout the majority of qualifying: top 10 will start on this.

The top four drivers in Q1 used the soft to get through the session.

Seen in FP3 but unlikely to feature in race, with a big performance gap to soft


FREE PRACTICE 3 – TOP 3 TIMES



Raikkonen 1m31.880s SUPERSOFT NEW
Vettel 1m32.042s SUPERSOFT NEW
Ricciardo 1m32.091s SUPERSOFT NEW



QUALIFYING TOP 10


Hamilton 1m30.076s SUPERSOFT NEW
Raikkonen 1m30.121s SUPERSOFT NEW
Verstappen 1m30.541s SUPERSOFT NEW
Ricciardo 1m30.595s SUPERSOFT NEW
Bottas 1m30.758s SUPERSOFT NEW
Ocon 1m31.478s SUPERSOFT NEW
Vandoorne 1m31.582s SUPERSOFT NEW
Hulkenberg 1m31.607s SUPERSOFT NEW
Perez 1m31.658s SUPERSOFT NEW
Alonso 1m31.704s SUPERSOFT NEW



DRIVER TIME COMPOUND


MEDIUM Stroll 9
SOFT Ericsson 23
SUPERSOFT Palmer 17
INTERMEDIATE Gasly 13
WET 14 drivers 1



BEST TIME BY COMPOUND SO FAR


COMPOUND DRIVER TIME
MEDIUM Stroll 1m36.781s
SOFT Hamilton 1m31.605s
SUPERSOFT Hamilton 1m30.076s
INTERMEDIATE Verstappen 1m48.962s





- Anthony Peacock,  photo Pirelli

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