British GP: Pirelli Qualifying Review
By Courtesy of Pirelli
July 14 2019
|Pirelli British GP Qualifying Review|
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas
took pole position just ahead of his team mate Lewis Hamilton. Both of them
will start on the medium tyre, having used it to set their fastest Q2 times.
The only other team in the top 10 of the grid to start on the medium tyre is
Red Bull. Bottas received the Pirelli Pole Position Award from singer Mabel,
who has had several top 10 hits as well as being nominated for the BRIT
|KEEP AN EYE ON
- Strategies. The two Mercedes will start the race on the medium tyre from first and second. The only other team to start on the medium in the top 10 of the grid is Red Bull. Ferrari is the leading team to start on the soft tyre, which in theory should be a bit quicker off the line. The car behind the third-placed Ferrari of Charles Leclerc (Max Verstappen) is also on the medium.
- Weather. Conditions were quite cool today, with ambient temperatures of 20 degrees centigrade and 34 asphalt. There were even a few drops of rain this morning that brought the intermediate tyres out in FP3.
- Track evolution. The new asphalt is evolving rapidly, with the circuit getting quicker and quicker. While there’s more grip from the new surface, there are still a few bumps from last year.
- Rookies. Two of 2019’s rookies – Alexander Albon (Toro Rosso) and Lando Norris (McLaren) will start in the top 10.
MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF F1 AND CAR RACING
“Like the previous race in Austria, we’ve got split strategies on the grid in England, with the top two Mercedes starting on the medium tyres and the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc on the soft tyres just behind them. That could make the start interesting, and with a two-stop strategy clearly the best option, there are a number of variables when it comes to tyre tactics from then onwards. We’re seeing some wear on both the medium and soft compounds, which means that tyre management will be required to a certain extent. So it will be wear rather than degradation that largely influences the timing of the pit stops. One of the variables is the weather: today’s conditions have been cool and changeable, so we need to be prepared for everything. With the lap times very close, and race pace among the frontrunners likely to be similar, we can hopefully expect some tight competition.”
FREE PRACTICE 3 – TOP 3 TIMES DRIVER TIME COMPOUND Leclerc 1m25.905s SOFT C3 NEW Vettel 1m25.931s SOFT C3 NEW Hamilton 1m29.954s SOFT C3 NEW QUALIFYING TOP 10 DRIVER TIME COMPOUND Bottas 1m25.093s SOFT C3 NEW Hamilton 1m25.099s SOFT C3 NEW Leclerc 1m25.172s SOFT C3 NEW Verstappen 1m25.276s SOFT C3 NEW Gasly 1m25.590s SOFT C3 NEW Vettel 1m25.787s SOFT C3 NEW Ricciardo 1m26.182s SOFT C3 NEW Norris 1m26.224s SOFT C3 NEW Albon 1m26.345s SOFT C3 NEW Hulkenberg 1m26.386s SOFT C3 NEW MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR COMPOUND DRIVER LAPS HARD C1 Kubica, Stroll 20 MEDIUM C2 Sainz 25 SOFT C3 Kvyat 22 INTERMEDIATE Kubica, Russell 6 BEST TIME BY COMPOUND SO FAR COMPOUND DRIVER TIME HARD C1 Ricciardo 1m28.380s MEDIUM C2 Leclerc 1m25.533s SOFT C3 Bottas 1m25.093s INTERMEDIATE Bottas 1m35.423s