SPANISH GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING
MERCEDES DRIVER LEWIS HAMILTON TAKES POLE ON SOFT TYRES,
BEATING HIS BENCHMARK OF LAST YEAR BY NEARLY THREE SECONDS
TRACK TEMPERATURES EXCEED 44 DEGREES
IN SPANISH GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING
TWO PIT STOPS EXPECTED FOR THE MAJORITY OF DRIVERS TOMORROW

Montmelo, May 13, 2017 – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton went fastest in hot conditions during qualifying at the Spanish Grand Prix, setting a time that was nearly three seconds faster than his pole position from 2016.
Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull were the only teams to get through Q1 using only one set of the soft tyres.
From then on, only the soft tyre was used – so this is the tyre that the top 10 will start the
race on, with two pit stops expected for most drivers. Fernando Alonso qualified seventh for his home grand prix after completing just one run on the soft in Q3, along with Williams driver Felipe Massa and the two Force Indias.

MARIO ISOLA – HEAD OF CAR RACING
“We had an extremely close qualifying session, with very small margins between the contenders. I think we can expect two pit stops tomorrow, as the performance gap between the medium and soft means that the drivers will all want to maximise their running on the softer compound. As a result, we’d expect at least two stints on the soft for as long as possible, with just one stint on the slower medium.”

 

 

FREE PRACTICE 3 – TOP 3 TIMES

DRIVER TIME COMPOUND
Raikkonen 1m 20.214s SOFT NEW
Vettel 1m 20.456s SOFT NEW
Hamilton 1m 20.595s SOFT NEW

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DRIVER TIME COMPOUND
Hamilton 1m 19.149s SOFT NEW
Vettel 1m 19.200s SOFT NEW
Bottas 1m 19.373s SOFT NEW
Raikkonen 1m 19.439s SOFT NEW
Verstappen 1m 19.706s SOFT NEW
Ricciardo 1m 20.175s SOFT NEW
Alonso 1m 21.048s SOFT NEW
Perez 1m 21.070s SOFT NEW
Massa 1m 21.232s SOFT NEW
Ocon 1m 21.272s SOFT NEW

MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR

COMPOUND DRIVER LAPS
HARD Ocon 14
MEDIUM Massa, Vettel 26
SOFT Bottas 28

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND SO FAR

COMPOUND DRIVER TIME
HARD Hamilton 1m 23.531s
MEDIUM Hamilton 1m 21.521s
SOFT Hamilton 1m 19.149s

Post photo – BY COURTESY OF PIRELLI

Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Saturday 13 May 2017. World Copyright: Andy Hone/LAT Images
Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.
Saturday 13 May 2017.


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