How the tyres behaved during the qualifying:
Medium: Not used during qualifying but might be used in the race as tactics will vary.
Soft: Used by the Mercedes drivers only to get through Q1: could be key to the race.
Supersoft: Around 1.5s faster than the soft on Friday; around 1 sec. gap seen in quali.
Possible race strategies and maximum laps*:
Pirelli recommends that the following numbers of laps are not exceeded on each compound:
Soft = 29 laps
Supersoft = 22 laps
On this basis, the optimal pit-stop strategies predicted by Pirelli are as follows:
Three-stopper: three stints on supersoft + one stint on soft
Two-stopper: two stints on supersoft + one stint on soft (maximizing the stints on supersoft)
Two-stopper: two stints on supersoft + one stint on soft (maximizing the single stint on soft)
Two-stopper: one stint on supersoft + two stints on soft
Different permutations of compound usage within each strategy are possible.
This information is provided just as an indication based on data received from Pirelli.
Free practice 3 – top three times
Qualifying top 10
Most laps by compound so far
Best time by compound so far
‘BY COURTESY OF PIRELLI’