Chinese GP: Pirelli Qualifying Review
By Courtesy of Pirelli
April 13 2019
|Pirelli Chinese GP Qualifying Review|
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas
claimed his first pole position of the season and the 1000th in Formula 1
history. He qualified just 0.02 seconds ahead of his team mate Lewis
Hamilton, with both using the soft and the medium tyres during qualifying.
The top five on the grid tomorrow will all start on the medium compound. FIA
President Jean Todt presented Bottas with the Pirelli Pole Position Award
for this landmark race.
|KEEP AN EYE ON
-Starting tyres. Both Ferraris and Mercedes, as well as the Red Bull of Max Verstappen will start on medium tyres, having used them to set their best Q2 times.
- Mixed strategies. The frontrunners will be using what’s theoretically only the second-fastest strategy, which could have an interesting effect.
- The front-left tyre. This is the one that’s most stressed around the track.
- The weather. Today has been very warm, with track temperatures reaching 41 degrees, but in China conditions are famously variable. Expect warm weather for the race.
- Alex Albon: the Toro Rosso driver didn’t take part in qualifying after his crash in FP3 so will start from the pit lane tomorrow. Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi also did not set a time in Q1 and so will start from the back. Both have a full allocation of tyres.
MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF F1 AND CAR RACING
“Temperatures were a bit warmer than often seen in China at this time of year, with track temperatures of more than 40 degrees centigrade – 15 degrees more than yesterday – and some wind as well. There were no real surprises during qualifying, with the tyres performing exactly as we anticipated and an interesting mix of strategies. As the top five will be using a strategy that is theoretically slightly slower than the drivers starting on the soft tyre, this could provide an extra element. However, starting on the medium also provides a bit more tactical flexibility. We’d expect there to be some degree of degradation on the soft tyre tomorrow, which will be one of the main factors influencing the timing of the pit stops.”
FREE PRACTICE 3 – TOP 3 TIMES DRIVER TIME COMPOUND Bottas 1m32.830s SOFT C4 NEW Vettel 1m33.222s SOFT C4 NEW Leclerc 1m33.248s SOFT C4 NEW QUALIFYING TOP 10 DRIVER TIME COMPOUND Bottas 1m31.547s SOFT C4 NEW Hamilton 1m31.570s SOFT C4 NEW Vettel 1m31.848s SOFT C4 NEW Leclerc 1m31.865s SOFT C4 NEW Verstappen 1m32.089s SOFT C4 NEW Gasly 1m32.930s SOFT C4 NEW Ricciardo 1m32.958s SOFT C4 NEW Hulkenberg 1m32.962s SOFT C4 NEW Magnussen - - Grosjean - - MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR COMPOUND DRIVER LAPS HARD C2 Kubica 28 MEDIUM C3 Russell 25 SOFT C4 Norris 24 BEST TIME BY COMPOUND SO FAR COMPOUND DRIVER TIME HARD C2 Bottas 1m34.595s MEDIUM C3 Hamilton 1m31.637s SOFT C4 Bottas 1m31.547s