november 25, 2018 - Pirelli formula1

FORMULA 1 - QUALIFYING - MERCEDES DRIVER LEWIS HAMILTON WILL START FROM POLE ON ULTRASOFT AFTER SETTING A NEW TRACK RECORD

RED BULL’S #maxverstappen WILL BE THE ONLY DRIVER IN THE TOP SIX TO START ON HYPERSOFT ONE PIT STOP THE MOST LIKELY RACE STRATEGY ON A CIRCUIT WHERE IT’S HARD TO OVERTAKE Yas Marina, November 24, 2018 – Mercedes driver #lewishamilton qualified on pole position using the P Zero Pink hypersoft tyres on their final qualifying appearance, with a time that was a second and a half faster than last year’s pole: a new track record. Qualifying was close from start to finish, with the Q2 session dominated by tyre tactics. Eight drivers went out on the ultrasoft tyres, around a second slower than the hypersoft. However, only five of them set their fastest times on the ultrasoft – including Hamilton – and they will be the top five on the grid, ahead of Red Bull’s #maxverstappen. The most likely strategy tomorrow is one pit stop, but this also depends on the degradation rate of the hypersoft, for those starting on this compound. With Yas Marina being a difficult track to overtake on, race strategy could make a decisive difference. Track temperatures fell progressively during the evening qualifying session, as is usual at #abudhabi, with the fastest times coming right at the end. #marioisola - HEAD OF CAR #racing “The Q2 session was particularly relevant, with a lot of drivers starting their runs on the ultrasoft, but not all of them managing to set their fastest times with this compound. As a result, we’ll have an interesting situation at the race start tomorrow with the Mercedes of Hamilton leading a top five on ultrasoft, ahead of the rest of the top 10 on hypersoft. It will be interesting to see how their strategies diverge. One-stop should be fastest, but it will also depend on the degradation rate of the hypersoft on heavy fuel at the start of the race. Ferrari’s #sebastianvettel was the only driver to use two sets of ultrasoft in Q2, which could indicate a strategy that keeps a new hypersoft for the second stint.