United States GP: Pirelli Qualifying Review
By Courtesy of Pirelli
November 3 2019
|Pirelli United States GP Qualifying Review|
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas
claimed pole position for the United States Grand Prix, also setting a new
track record in the process. Bottas’s pole time was set on the red soft
compound tyre, but his best Q2 time was established on the yellow medium,
which means that this is the tyre he will start the race on tomorrow. His
team mate Lewis Hamilton, the two Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Charles
Leclerc, plus the Red Bull of Max Verstappen will also start on the yellow
|KEEP AN EYE ON
* Pit stops. There could be a very wide range of pit stop tactics seen, as was the case at the Circuit of the Americas last year. We’ll probably see both one and two pit stops, depending on race day track conditions.
* Weather. While still quite cool, conditions were considerably warmer than they were yesterday, and this trend is expected to continue tomorrow as well.
* McLaren. The team has been fast all weekend, with Lando Norris sealing P3 in FP3 this morning, P1 in Q1, and both cars starting in the top 10.
* Red soft tyres. This is theoretically around a second per lap faster than the medium, but the top five on the grid (both Mercedes and Ferraris, plus the Red Bull of Max Verstappen) will start on the medium, with those immediately behind them starting on the soft. In race conditions, this performance gap between the two compounds is expected to come down significantly.
MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF F1 AND CAR RACING
FREE PRACTICE 3 – TOP 3 TIMES DRIVER TIME COMPOUND Verstappen 1m33.305s SOFT C4 NEW Vettel 1m33.523s SOFT C4 NEW Norris 1m33.818s SOFT C4 NEW QUALIFYING TOP 10 DRIVER TIME COMPOUND Bottas 1m32.029s SOFT C4 NEW Vettel 1m32.041s SOFT C4 NEW Verstappen 1m32.096s SOFT C4 NEW Leclerc 1m32.137s SOFT C4 NEW Hamilton 1m32.321s SOFT C4 NEW Albon 1m32.548s SOFT C4 NEW Sainz 1m32.847s SOFT C4 NEW Norris 1m33.175s SOFT C4 NEW Ricciardo 1m33.488s SOFT C4 NEW Gasly 1m33.601s SOFT C4 NEW MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR COMPOUND DRIVER LAPS HARD C2 Vettel 22 MEDIUM C3 Bottas 20 SOFT C4 Kvyat 21 BEST TIME BY COMPOUND SO FAR COMPOUND DRIVER TIME HARD C2 Hamilton 1m34.592s MEDIUM C3 Leclerc 1m32.760s SOFT C4 Bottas 1m32.029s