Pirelli F1 Chinese Grand-Prix qualifying

Pirelli F1 Chinese Grand-Prix qualifying

08.04.2017: - Hamilton claims pole on supersofts tyres with fastes ever lap of Shanghai - Dry weather for the first time today, but

- Hamilton claims pole on supersofts tyres with fastes ever lap of Shanghai

- Dry weather for the first time today, but rain expected tomorrow

- It it stays dry, one stop supersoft-soft strategy is likely







The teams finally got to use Pirelli’s slick tyres today, with Lewis Hamilton claiming pole on P Zero Red supersoft: topping qualifying after Michael Schumacher’s all-time lap record from 2004 was already beaten in Q2.



Sebastian Vettel qualified second, with both Ferrari drivers the only people to use just the soft tyre to get through Q1. With no significant running yesterday, the teams headed into qualifying with little data and not much rubber on track, leading to a high degree of track evolution.



Qualifying got underway with track temperatures of 32 degrees centigrade but rain is expected tomorrow.





MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING


“This morning’s FP3 session was particularly important with many teams splitting their strategies to capitalise on data collection. They still headed into qualifying with limited information, but maximised all the possibilities of the 2017 tyres:



pole position was a record-breaking lap, more than 3.7 seconds faster than last year. If it stays dry, a one-stop strategy seems optimal, starting on the SS and then doing a longer stint on soft.”




HOW THE TYRES BEHAVED TODAY



Not seen at the Chinese Grand Prix so far; unlikely to be used tomorrow. If it stays dry, this is set to be the main race tyre. Used by Ferrari in Q1.


Expected to be around 0.8s faster than the soft; used for nearly all of qualifying.






DRIVER TIME COMPOUND


Hamilton 1m 31.678s SUPERSOFT NEW
Vettel 1m 31.864s SUPERSOFT NEW
Bottas 1m 31.865s SUPERSOFT NEW
Raikkonen 1m 32.140s SUPERSOFT NEW
Ricciardo 1m 33.033s SUPERSOFT NEW
Massa 1m 33.507s SUPERSOFT NEW
Hulkenberg 1m 33.580s SUPERSOFT NEW
Perez 1m 33.706s SUPERSOFT NEW
Kvyat 1m 33.719s SUPERSOFT NEW
Stroll 1m 34.220s SUPERSOFT NEW



COMPOUND DRIVER LAPS


MEDIUM - -
SOFT Bottas 16
SUPERSOFT Hamilton 16



COMPOUND DRIVER TIME


MEDIUM - -
SOFT Vettel 1m 33.078s
SUPERSOFT Hamilton 1m 31.678s



Anthony Peacock - photo Pirelli

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