By Courtesy of PIRELLI

NEW STUNNING ALL-TIME TRACK RECORD AT YAS MARINA
THANKS TO VALTTERI BOTTAS’S POLE ON ULTRASOFT FOR MERCEDES
ULTRASOFT USED FROM START TO FINISH OF THE SESSION BY ALL DRIVERS
WITH MORE THAN ONE FLYING LAP POSSIBLE ON THE SAME SET
ONE STOP WILL BE THE OPTIMAL STRATEGY FOR TOMORROW
BUT A WIDE PIT STOP WINDOW OPENS UP DIFFERENT STRATEGIES

 


Yas Marina, November 25, 2017

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas claimed the final pole position of the 2017 season, around 2.5 seconds faster than last year’s pole time, using the same P Zero Purple ultrasoft compound choice as one year ago. The ultrasoft was the tyre used by all the drivers from start to finish of the session, which began in daylight and then ended under the lights as the sunset. As usual here, track temperatures fell progressively during the session. A one-stop strategy will be the quickest way to run tomorrow’s race, especially with Yas Marina not being the easiest circuit to overtake on.

 

 

MARIO ISOLA – HEAD OF CAR RACING:

“Qualifying went exactly as we expected it to: there wasn’t a huge degree of track evolution and the lap record dropped further, with ultrasofts used from start to finish. The ultrasofts were, in fact, capable of more than one flying lap, which is why we saw some drivers alternating push laps with cool-down laps. We should see a one-stop ultrasoftsupersoft strategy for most drivers, but the low degradation also means that the pit stop window is pretty wide, so drivers should be able to make their stop more or less when they want to.”

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Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Saturday 25 November 2017.
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes F1 W08 EQ Power+.
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