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VELO CAB2012


SEGUNDO AS PREVISÕES DA PIRELLI

MEXICAN GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING
 
FERRARI DRIVER SEBASTIAN VETTEL EMERGES ON TOP WITH ULTRASOFT AFTER ONE OF THE CLOSEST QUALIFYING SESSIONS OF THE YEAR 
 
SLIPPERY TRACK AND LACK OF DOWNFORCE AT ALTITUDE IN MEXICO,  BUT POLE IS MORE THAN TWO SECONDS FASTER THAN LAST YEAR
 
WITH LOW DEGRADATION, ONE STOP FROM ULTRASOFT TO SUPERSOFT  IS THE MOST LIKELY RACE STRATEGY
  a469 Copy– Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time in qualifying at Mexico City with the ultrasoft tyre, beating last year’s pole by more than two seconds and taking his 50th career pole at the same time. Ferrari and Red Bull were the only teams to get through Q1 with the supersoft tyre only (having nominated fewer sets of the ultrasoft than Mercedes). From Q2 onwards, only the ultrasoft was used (except for McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne, who used supersoft). Qualifying took place in ambient temperatures peaking at 24 degrees centigrade and 44 degrees on track. Similar conditions are expected for the race tomorrow, where one pit stop is the most likely strategy if degradation remains low. A different tyre strategy was evident also from McLaren’s Fernando Alonso in qualifying, who elected not to take part in Q2 to save tyres for the race despite an impressive Q1, following a grid penalty that will put him towards the back tomorrow.
 
MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING “Although the track had improved since yesterday, grip levels were still generally quite low – with the lack of downforce in the thin air at altitude here – leading to most drivers using ultrasoft to gain the most mechanical grip throughout qualifying. With tyre warm-up being crucial here, we sometimes saw the best performance coming after one or two flying laps in qualifying. With degradation expected to remain low, a one-stopper would appear to be the most likely strategy for the race tomorrow.”
 
HOW THE TYRES BEHAVED TODAY
      The most popular choice for qualifying: top 10 qualifiers will start on this. Ferrari and Red Bull were the only teams to use this in qualifying, in Q1. Not seen in qualifying.   
 
 
 
 
 
FREE PRACTICE 3 – TOP 3 TIMES
 
 
QUALIFYING TOP 10
 
 
 
MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR
 
 
 
BEST TIME BY COMPOUND SO FAR
 
DRIVER TIME COMPOUND
Verstappen 1m 17.113s ULTRASOFT NEW
Hamilton 1m 17.188s ULTRASOFT NEW
Vettel 1m 17.230s ULTRASOFT NEW
DRIVER TIME COMPOUND
Vettel 1m 16.488s ULTRASOFT NEW
Verstappen 1m 16.574s ULTRASOFT NEW
Hamilton 1m 16.934s ULTRASOFT NEW
Bottas 1m 16.958s ULTRASOFT NEW
Raikkonen 1m 17.238s ULTRASOFT NEW
Ocon 1m 17.437s ULTRASOFT NEW
Ricciardo 1m 17.447s ULTRASOFT NEW
Hulkenberg 1m 17.466s ULTRASOFT NEW
Sainz 1m 17.794s ULTRASOFT NEW
Perez 1m 17.807s ULTRASOFT NEW
COMPOUND DRIVER LAPS
SOFT Raikkonen 25
SUPERSOFT Hartley 29
ULTRASOFT Hamilton 38
COMPOUND DRIVER TIME
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
SOFT Ricciardo 1m 18.769s
SUPERSOFT Verstappen 1m 17.630s
ULTRASOFT Vettel 1m 16.488s
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João Raposo

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