Abu Dhabi GP: Pirelli Qualifying Review
By Courtesy of Pirelli
December 1 2019
|Pirelli Abu Dhabi GP Qualifying Review|
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton
has claimed pole position using the Red soft tyre in Abu Dhabi, breaking his
own outright track record from last yearís qualifying session. Hamilton got
through Q2 on the Yellow medium tyre, meaning that this is the compound he
will start the race on tomorrow. His team mate Valtteri Bottas along with
both Red Bull cars and Charles Leclercís Ferrari also chose the medium to
set their best Q2 times and will also start on medium tomorrow. Hamilton
received the Pirelli Pole Position Award from Saudi Arabian motorsport
pioneer Aseel Al-Hamad: the first woman from her country to drive a Formula
1 car, and a member of the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission.
|KEEP AN EYE ON
* Falling temperatures. Track temperatures fall dramatically during the race as evening sets in: this has the effect of extending the second stint.
* A wide pit stop window. There are many options when it comes to the timing of the pit stops, meaning that drivers can come in when it suits them best to gain an advantage. Expect the stops to be quite spread out tomorrow.
* Traffic. Itís not easy to overtake at the Yas Marina circuit, so traffic could have a big effect on the strategy and race outcome.
* Valtteri Bottas. Unusually, a Mercedes starts at the back of the grid following a penalty for Bottas. He has one of the fastest cars out there, also with a new engine, so watch his progress.
MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF F1 AND CAR RACING
FREE PRACTICE 3 Ė TOP 3 TIMES DRIVER TIME COMPOUND Verstappen 1m36.566s SOFT C5 NEW Hamilton 1m36.640s SOFT C5 NEW Bottas 1m36.655s SOFT C5 NEW QUALIFYING TOP 10 DRIVER TIME COMPOUND Hamilton 1m34.779s SOFT C5 NEW Bottas 1m34.973s SOFT C5 NEW Verstappen 1m35.139s SOFT C5 NEW Leclerc 1m35.219s SOFT C5 NEW Vettel 1m35.339s SOFT C5 NEW Albon 1m35.682s SOFT C5 NEW Norris 1m36.436s SOFT C5 NEW Ricciardo 1m36.456s SOFT C5 NEW Sainz 1m36.459s SOFT C5 NEW Hulkenberg 1m36.710s SOFT C5 NEW MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR COMPOUND DRIVER LAPS HARD C3 Gasly 25 MEDIUM C4 Kvyat 21 SOFT C5 Hamilton 19 BEST TIME BY COMPOUND SO FAR COMPOUND DRIVER TIME HARD C3 Hamilton 1m37.975s MEDIUM C4 Leclerc 1m35.543s SOFT C5 Hamilton 1m34.779s