Pirelli F1 Australian Grand-Prix qualifying

Pirelli F1 Australian Grand-Prix qualifying

25.03.2017: Lewis Hamilton claims pole for Mercedes on P Zero Purple Ultrasoft with fastest ever lap of Melbourne





Lewis Hamilton claims pole for Mercedes on P Zero Purple Ultrasoft with fastest ever lap of Melbourne

One Stop strategy looks likely for the race with new lower-degradation-tyres

Latest generation of cars makes strategy harder to predict, with no previous race data





The extra speed from the 2017 cars and tyres meant that the fastest-ever lap of Melbourne was already set in FP3 this morning by Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari, but in qualifying Lewis Hamilton went even quicker for Mercedes on the P Zero Purple ultrasoft tyre



. All the teams used the ultrasoft from the start of Q1, apart from both Ferraris. Vettel also completed Q1 on this compound.



Track temperatures were 33 degrees centigrade at the end of qualifying, close to the time that the race will also finish, so similar conditions are expected tomorrow.




MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING



“Lap times were around two seconds faster than last year, giving us a competitive and spectacular qualifying.



 There was low degradation on the compounds used in FPs, which makes a one-stop strategy likely for tomorrow, depending of course on track temperature. If that is higher than data collected during the weekend, this could push it towards two stops.


With these cars being so different to the previous generation, and no previous race data to fall back on, tomorrow’s strategy is a bit harder to predict than usual.”



HOW THE TYRES BEHAVED TODAY
FREE PRACTICE 3 – TOP 3 TIMES



DRIVER TIME COMPOUND


 Vettel 1m 23.380s ULTRASOFT NEW
Bottas  1m 23.859s ULTRASOFT NEW
Hamilton 1m 23.870s ULTRASOFT NEW




MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR


Hamilton 1m22.188s ULTRASOFT NEW
Vettel 1m22.456s ULTRASOFT NEW
Bottas 1m22.481s ULTRASOFT NEW


BEST TIME BY COMPOUND SO FAR



Raikkonen 1m23.033s ULTRASOFT NEW
Verstappen 1m23.485s ULTRASOFT NEW
Grosjean 1m24.074s ULTRASOFT NEW


DRIVER TIME COMPOUND



Massa 1m24.443s ULTRASOFT NEW
Sainz 1m24.487s ULTRASOFT NEW
Kvyat 1m24.512s ULTRASOFT NEW





COMPOUND DRIVER LAPS

SOFT Wehrlein 25
SUPERSOFT Ericsson 24
SUPERSOFT Vettel 24
ULTRASOFT Hamilton 25
COMPOUND DRIVER TIME
SOFT Hamilton 1m 25.096s
SUPERSOFT Hamilton 1m 24.542s
ULTRASOFT Hamilton 1m 22.188s




Anthony Peacock -photos Pirelli
 

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