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

Rosberg 1m15.738s Supersoft new
Hamilton 1m15.795s Supersoft new
Ricciardo 1m15.837s Supersoft new

Qualifying top 10

Rosberg 1m14.363s Supersoft new
Hamilton 1m14.470s Supersoft new
Ricciardo 1m14.726s Supersoft new
Verstappen 1m14.834s Supersoft new
Raikkonen 1m15.142s Supersoft new
Vettel 1m15.315s Supersoft new
Hulkenberg 1m15.510s Supersoft new
Bottas 1m15.530s Supersoft new
Perez 1m15.537s Supersoft new
Massa 1m15.615s Supersoft new

Most laps by compound so far

MEDIUM Hulkenberg 21 laps
SOFT Vettel 33
SUPERSOFT Magnussen 24

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MEDIUM Hulkenberg 1m18.591s
SOFT Hamilton 1m15.243s
SUPERSOFT Rosberg 1m14.363s