Belgian GP: Pirelli Qualifying Review
By Courtesy of Pirelli
September 1 2019
|Pirelli Belgian GP Qualifying Review|
Ferrari topped all the sessions
in free practice and qualifying to lock out the front row of the grid in
Belgium, with Charles Leclerc heading Sebastian Vettel. Lewis Hamilton was
third for Mercedes, despite missing FP3 following an accident. The P Zero
Red soft tyres were used from start to finish of qualifying, meaning that
all the top 10 will start on this compound tomorrow. Leclerc received the
Pirelli Pole Position Award from American actor, comedian and producer
|KEEP AN EYE ON
* Changeable weather. Temperatures reached 31 degrees ambient and 40 degrees on track during qualifying, but tomorrow’s conditions are expected to be cooler, with a possibility of rain as well.
* Pit stops. There’s quite a wide pit stop window and overtaking is very possible at Spa. So the timing of the pit stops could be absolutely crucial, with a number of strategic ploys to try and gain track position.
* Reliability. The Q1 session was interrupted by two red flags, with technical problems leaving cars stranded on track. With Spa being a famously punishing circuit, it’s sure to take its toll on cars as well as tyres.
* Grid penalties. There’s a large number of grid penalties in place for this race that will inevitably affect the competitive order and strategy, including a penalty for new Red Bull driver Alex Albon.
MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF F1 AND CAR RACING
“With a one-stop soft-medium strategy being the likely way to go here, it was no real surprise that we saw only the red tyre during qualifying. Whether or not anyone deviates from the predicted strategy will depend largely on the race and weather circumstances: if the weather changes or if there’s an early safety car, this could drive people towards the harder compounds or an extra stop. However, all the forecasts suggest that it will instead be cooler than the unusually warm temperatures we had today. It was certainly a dramatic qualifying session with all the stoppages in Q1. Tomorrow will be all about looking after the rear tyres in particular to control the degradation on what is always one of the most abrasive and challenging circuits of the year. Congratulations to Ferrari for their excellent one-two result in qualifying: we should be in for an exciting race tomorrow.”
FREE PRACTICE 3 – TOP 3 TIMES DRIVER TIME COMPOUND Leclerc 1m44.206s SOFT C3 NEW Vettel 1m44.657s SOFT C3 NEW Bottas 1m44.703s SOFT C3 NEW QUALIFYING TOP 10 DRIVER TIME COMPOUND Leclerc 1m42.519s SOFT C3 NEW Vettel 1m43.267s SOFT C3 NEW Hamilton 1m43.282s SOFT C3 NEW Bottas 1m43.415s SOFT C3 NEW Verstappen 1m43.690s SOFT C3 NEW Ricciardo 1m44.257s SOFT C3 USED Hulkenberg 1m44.542s SOFT C3 NEW Raikkonen 1m44.557s SOFT C3 NEW Perez 1m44.706s SOFT C3 NEW Magnussen 1m45.086s SOFT C3 NEW MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR COMPOUND DRIVER LAPS HARD C1 Russell 5 MEDIUM C2 Hulkenberg 18 SOFT C3 Gasly – Hamilton - Norris - Vettel 19 BEST TIME BY COMPOUND SO FAR COMPOUND DRIVER TIME HARD C1 Russell 1m52.128s MEDIUM C2 Leclerc 1m45.377s SOFT C3 Leclerc 1m42.519s