Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas takes pole position in Interlagos on Pirelli’s supersoft tire, lowering the circuit record again
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo runs the soft tire compound in Q2: Ferrari is the only team to get through Q1 on the soft tire only
One pit stop most likely tomorrow in the dry conditions that are expected, depending on degradation rates
Despite predictions of rain during qualifying, thesession remained mainly dry, with track temperatures that were 68 degrees Fahrenheitcooler compared to yesterday.
Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas claimed pole position using the Pirellisupersoft tire, while Red Bull’s Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo was the sole competitorto use the soft tire in Qualifying 2, meaning that he will start the race on this tirecompound tomorrow. With a grid penalty in prospect, the Australian hopes to gain placeson the track by running a longer first stint than usual. Another driver facing grid penaltiesis Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley: he tactically chose not to set a time in Qualifying 2,despite going through the session.
Newly-crowned champion Lewis Hamilton crashed his Mercedes in Qualifying 1 and willstart at the back, meaning that he has a free choice of tires for the race tomorrow.
MARIO ISOLA – PIRELLI’S HEAD OF CAR RACING“
Up until qualifying the fastest lap seen so far this weekend was Hamilton’s lap from FP1yesterday. Conditions were much cooler today, which helped the performance of thesupersoft tire: we saw the fastest-ever lap of Interlagos in Qualifying 3, courtesy ofBottas. A one stop strategy is the most likely option tomorrow but two stops are possibleas well, depending on wear and degradation rates. Conditions tomorrow are forecast tobe dry and warmer than today, and this will be one of the factors influencing whether wesee one or two pit stops in the race. With a few drivers starting out of position, closelymatchedrace pace, and a very short lap here at Interlagos, we should be in for anaction-packed grand prix.”
HOW THE PIRELLI TIRES BEHAVED TODAY
|Used throughout most of
qualifying, around 0.6
seconds faster than the
|Ferrari ran these tires in
Qualifying 1 while
use Ricciardo used them in
|Seen only for installation
laps today and unlikely to
feature in the race.
FREE PRACTICE 3 – TOP 3 TIMES
QUALIFYING TOP 10
MOST LAPS BY TIRE COMPOUND SO FAR
BEST TIME BY TIRE COMPOUND SO FAR
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