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Pirelli would like two stop strategies in 2018

“BEST TYRE PIRELLI HAS EVER MADE”

After the test in Abu Dhabi Pirelli’s head of car racing Mario Isola said:

“Considering all the range is one step softer, plus we have the hypersoft, we now have the option to go soft enough to target two stops.

“I believe that three stops are a bit too much, we will try to make the selection of having two stops one of the fastest strategies.

 

By courtesy of PIRELLI

By courtesy of PIRELLI

 

Hamilton praises the new pink hypersoft:

“BEST TYRE PIRELLI HAS EVER MADE”

 

 

The Abu Dhabi tyre test was two intense days of work, during which the teams sampled the 2018 tyres for the first time. 

Each team had 20 sets for the test: 12 sets chosen by Pirelli (with a selection of 2018 tyres plus some 2017 tyres for comparison) and the other eight selected by the teams themselves. In total, 23 different top drivers did some long runs as well, so not in qualifying conditions. The characteristics of the Yas Marina circuit meant the test concentrated on the compounds from White medium to the Pink hypersoft. The whole test and all the drivers gave us very positive feedback. The new Pink hypersoft meets our initial expectations, with times that are about a second per lap faster than the Purple ultrasoft, but this obviously needs to be confirmed on other types of track as well. All the 2018 tyres are a step softer than this year’s equivalents, in line with what the teams asked for, with the Pink hypersoft (just added to the range) so being two steps softer than the 2017 ultrasoft. We now look forward to getting back on track for the first official pre-season test of 2018 at Barcelona from February 26 to March 1”.

 

 

Pirelli is on schedule to decide the tyre compounds it will take to the Australian Grand Prix by December 7.

 

 

 





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Race result from the last race in the 2017 season, Abu Dhabi GP

Next race in 118 days, 2018 Australian GP


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Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Saturday 25 November 2017.
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Pirelli – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Qualifying

One stop will be the optimal strategy for tomorrows race.

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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Qualifying result for the Abu Dhabi GP 2017

From Formula1.com

 

 


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Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Friday 24 November 2017.
Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren MCL32 Honda.
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GP2 Series to become the FIA Formula 2 Championship

World Motor Sport Council approves creation of FIA Formula 2

From FIA.com

 

Race Leader: Jules Bianchi, Lotus ARTPhoto Courtesy of Marc:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/sumofmarc/


The FIA has reached an agreement with the Formula One Group regarding the transition of the GP2 Series to FIA Formula 2.

This agreement was approved today (9 March) by the World Motor Sport Council, and will further strengthen the FIA’s single-seater pyramid which provides a clear path for drivers from grassroots to the pinnacle of motor racing. It also highlights the strong will of both the FIA and the Formula One Group to work closely together to build a strong future for the world of motor sport.

Since its inception in 2005, GP2 has been an excellent platform for drivers to progress to Formula One, and with the series now coming under the umbrella of the FIA, there is a complete ecosystem in place which will nurture future talent as well as be clearer and more engaging for motor sport fans.

FIA President Jean Todt said: “Completing this process with Formula One Group and bringing FIA Formula 2 to life is a very important step. The championship will provide the final level for junior drivers who are looking to reach the ultimate goal of Formula One, and we have achieved a key target for the FIA in completing our single-seater pyramid.

“In recent years we have developed a hugely successful programme of FIA Formula 4 championships in 12 countries around the world, the FIA F3 European Championship has become very strong and competitive, and now we have this final piece of the puzzle. I am also very pleased to see that we are already working in the same direction as Formula One Group, and I am sure that this positive relationship will continue to benefit our sport.”

Formula One Group CEO Chase Carey said: “I am very pleased to announce the evolution of the GP2 Series to become the FIA Formula 2 Championship.

“Junior categories and especially the upcoming Formula 2 Championship are strategic activities for Formula 1.

“We are delighted to strengthen them through this agreement with the FIA.”

FIA Single-Seater Commission President Stefano Domenicali said: “With FIA Formula 2, we now have everything we need to craft a clear and logical path for single seater drivers from grassroots for Formula One. As they progress from karting, we have FIA Formula 4 at national level in countries all over the world, and from there the FIA Formula 3 European Championship is a fantastic proving ground before drivers take on the challenge of competing on the world stage.

“For us to now have FIA F2 in this process makes the whole thing complete, and we are looking forward to making FIA F2 a strong and popular series for drivers and fans alike.”

FIA Formula 2 will support the FIA Formula One World Championship at ten events listed below in 2017, with one additional round at Jerez on 6-8 October:

14-16 April Sakhir Bahrain
12-14 May Barcelona Spain
25-27 May Monaco Monte Carlo
23-25 June Baku Azerbaijan
7-9 July Spielberg Austria
16 July Silverstone Great Britain
30 July Budapest Hungary
25-27 August Spa-Francorchamps Belgium
3 September Monza Italy
8 October* Jerez Spain
26 November Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi

*Not in support of a Formula One event

 


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The numbers from Pirelli`s 2016 Formula 1 season

Total number of tyres supplied in 2016: 42,792

“This has been an incredible season both on and off the track: here are a few facts and figures as a souvenir of a year that will go down in history. Pirelli has introduced a brand new compound – the ultrasoft – and also new regulations that allowed teams to use three compounds during each race, selected in advance. This extra tactical intrigue proved to be a highlight of the year, enhancing the show still further. We also had the final season of tyres with a deliberately high level of degradation, as from next year we adopt a new philosophy in line with the latest direction for the sport. At the same time as completing this season, we were testing for the next one: both using prototypes in 2016 dimensions, and then, from August, prototypes in 2017 size on adapted mule cars over 24 cumulative test days. As a result of that, and the biggest calendar ever featured in the sport, we completed a longer distance, at higher levels of performance, than has ever been seen before in the history of Formula 1.”
Paul Hembery, Pirelli Motorsport Director


TYRES

  • Total number of tyres supplied in 2016: 42,792
  • Of these, 38,112 were supplied for race weekends and 4,680 for testing
  • Of the 42,792 tyres, 28,188 were slicks and 14,604 were rain or intermediate tyres
  • Total number of tyres used during race weekends: 15,652, of which 13,844 were slick tyres and 1,808 were rain or intermediates
  • Total number of tyres that were recycled: all
  • Maximum number of kilometres driven on each compound (excluding tests):
    Hard: 759 km (Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull)
    Medium: 3,597 km (Valtteri Bottas, Williams)
    Soft: 6,566 km (Sergio Perez, Force India)
    Supersoft: 4,598 km (Valtteri Bottas, Williams)
    Ultrasoft: 2,052 km (Nico Rosberg, Mercedes)
    Intermediate: 444 km (Jenson Button, McLaren)
    Wet: 523km (Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes)

 

PIT STOPS

  • Total number of pit stops: 933, of which 4 drive-throughs and one was a stop and go)
  • This makes an average of 44.4 per race, and 2.01 per driver in each race
  • Most pit stops in a race: 66 at the Chinese Grand Prix
  • Fewest pit stops in a race: 26 in Russia

 

OVERTAKING

  • Total number of overtaking manoeuvres during the season: 866 (*), with an average of 41.2 per race
  • Highest number of overtaking manoeuvres at a dry race: 128 in China (**)
  • Highest number of overtaking manoeuvres at a wet race: 64 in Brazil
  • Fewest number of overtaking manoeuvres at a dry race: 10 in Hungary
  • Driver with the most overtaking manoeuvres during the year: Max Verstappen, 78(**)
  • Driver with the most overtaking manoeuvres at a single race: 18, Lewis Hamilton in China
  • Driver who has been overtaken least: Sebastian Vettel, one time (by Max Verstappen at the Brazilian Grand Prix, 66th lap, 5th position)
  • Driver who made up most places on the opening lap: Fernando Alonso, who gained 41 positions on the opening lap
  • Team that carried out most overtaking: Red Bull, 136 moves (**) – 61 by Daniel Ricciardo, 60 by Max Verstappen, 15 by Daniil Kvyat
  • Team that has been overtaken least: Mercedes, seven times (Nico Rosberg four, Lewis Hamilton three)

(*) How overtaking moves are calculated: an overtaking manoeuvre is counted as one that takes place during complete flying laps (so not on the opening lap) and is then maintained all the way to the lap’s finish line. Position changes due to major mechanical problems or lapping/unlapping are not counted.
(**) It’s the highest value since 1983 (the first year since when data is available)

 

 

CIRCUITS AND RACING

  • Longest race of the season: Brazil, three hours, one minute and 01,335 seconds
  • Shortest race of the year: Italy, one hour, 17 minutes and 28,089 seconds
  • Fastest race of the year: Italy, winner’s average speed (Nico Rosberg), 237.558 kph
  • Highest speed reached by a Pirelli P Zero Formula One tyre during a grand prix: 372.5 km/h, Valtteri Bottas in Mexico (*)
  • Highest number of fastest laps: Lewis Hamilton, 15 (3 in races and 12 in qualifying)
  • Highest number of laps led: 566 (Lewis Hamilton)

(*) New record in an official F1 session (previous: 370,1 kph, Kimi Raikkonen at the Italian Grand Prix, 2005)

 

 

2017 WIDER TYRE TESTS

  • Number of prototypes tested: 96
  • Tyres’ width: +25%
  • Teams involved in Pirelli’s testing programme: 3 (Ferrari, Mercedes, Red Bull)
  • Drivers involved: 11, of which 4 Ferrari, 4 Red Bull and 3 Mercedes
  • Days of testing: 24
  • Laps: 2,613
  • Total of kilometres: 12,148 km
  • Circuits: 5 (Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Fiorano, Mugello, Paul Ricard)

 

KILOMETRES TESTED WITH WIDER TYRES

  • Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes): 3,248
  • Pierre Gasly (Red Bull): 2,494
  • Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari): 2,228
  • Sébastien Buemi (Red Bull): 1,190
  • Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari): 1,054
  • Max Verstappen (Red Bull): 517
  • Esteban Gutiérrez (Ferrari): 480
  • Antonio Fuoco (Ferrari): 478
  • Nico Rosberg (Mercedes): 209
  • Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull): 200
  • Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes): 50

 

 

PIRELLI IN FORMULA ONE (SINCE 1950)

  • Races: 320
  • Wins: 161
  • Pole positions: 164
  • Podiums: 490
  • Fastest laps: 168
  • Driver titles: 11
  • Team titles: 6

 

OTHER INTERESTING NUMBERS

  • Number of drivers (including third drivers and young drivers) who have driven a Pirelli-equipped Formula One car since 2010: 102
  • Kilometres driven by all the P Zero compounds throughout 2016 (including tests, practice, qualifying and races): 384,705 km (excluding prototype tyres)
  • By compound, it works out as: Hard 14,236; Medium 99,447; Soft 133,988; Supersoft 86,014; Ultrasoft 31,647; Intermediate 8,278; Wet 11,095
  • Distance covered in testing during 2016 (excluding race weekends): 61,772 km, of which over 12,000 km with 2017 Wider Tyres
  • Distance covered in races in 2016: 123,534 km
  • Number of fastest laps (in qualifying and races) set by the world champion in 2016: 14 (six in races and eight in qualifying)
  • Lowest average speed at which a dry race has been won in 2016: 159.992 kph(Nico Rosberg, Singapore Grand Prix)
  • Lowest asphalt temperatures recorded during a race (on Sunday): 15°C in Canada
  • Lowest asphalt temperatures recorded during a race weekend: 13°C in Mexico.
  • Highest asphalt temperatures recorded during a race (on Sunday): 59°C in Malaysia
  • Highest asphalt temperatures recorded during a race weekend: 61°C, again in Malaysia
  • Lowest ambient temperatures recorded during a race (on Sunday): 11°C in Canada
  • Lowest ambient temperatures recorded during a race weekend: 11°C in Canada
  • Highest ambient temperatures recorded during a race (on Sunday): 37°C in Malaysia
  • Highest ambient temperatures recorded during a race weekend: 37°C in Malaysia

 

 

PIRELLI TEAM AND ITS GUESTS

  • Pirelli team members who travel to each race: 60 (on average)
  • Nationalities represented within the Pirelli Formula One team: 9
  • Different languages spoken by team members: 10
  • Press releases written by Pirelli Formula One Team: 234
  • Infographics: 210
  • Tweets sent by @PirelliSport account via Twitter: 2,100
  • Pirelli notebooks distributed throughout the season inside the paddock: 2,550
  • Guests: 5,600
  • Pirelli podium caps sold: 15,000

 

 

PIRELLI’S HOSPITALITY IN 2016 

  • Meals served within Pirelli’s hospitality unit (including tests): 15,600
  • Litres of water drunk in Pirelli’s hospitality during the year: 10,200
  • Kilograms of pasta cooked by Pirelli’s chef: 900
  • Pizzas cooked by Pirelli’s chef: 420
  • Number of different dessert recipes prepared at Pirelli’s Hospitality unit: 50
  • Desserts eaten at Pirelli’s hospitality: 7,500
  • Coffees served at Pirelli’s: almost 30,000
  • Litres of olive oil used during the year: 500

 


 

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A dream fulfilled: Nico Rosberg ends his racing career

For the team, this is an unexpected situation but also an exciting one. We are going into a new era of technical regulations and there is a free Mercedes cockpit for the seasons ahead.

2016 FIA Formula One World Champion elect Nico Rosberg today announced that he will stop racing in Formula One with immediate effect.

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Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG Petronas, F1

In an emotional address prior to the 2016 FIA Prize Giving in Vienna, Austria, Nico revealed the reasons behind his decision, which was reached following his crowning achievement in Abu Dhabi last Sunday.

Nico has competed in a total of 206 Grands Prix and won 23 of them, placing him joint 12th on the all-time list alongside Nelson Piquet. He has scored 30 pole positions (8th all time) and 20 fastest laps.

Last Sunday in Abu Dhabi, he became the first German driver to win a Formula One World Championship at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow.

 

Nico Rosberg:

“Since 25 years in racing, it has been my dream, my ‘one thing’ to become Formula One World Champion. Through the hard work, the pain, the sacrifices, this has been my target. And now I’ve made it. I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right. My strongest emotion right now is deep gratitude to everybody who supported me to make that dream happen.

“This season, I tell you, it was so damn tough. I pushed like crazy in every area after the disappointments of the last two years; they fuelled my motivation to levels I had never experienced before. And of course that had an impact on the ones I love, too – it was a whole family effort of sacrifice, putting everything behind our target. I cannot find enough words to thank my wife Vivian; she has been incredible. She understood that this year was the big one, our opportunity to do it, and created the space for me to get full recovery between every race, looking after our daughter each night, taking over when things got tough and putting our championship first.

“When I won the race in Suzuka, from the moment when the destiny of the title was in my own hands, the big pressure started and I began to think about ending my racing career if I became World Champion. On Sunday morning in Abu Dhabi, I knew that it could be my last race and that feeling cleared my head before the start. I wanted to enjoy every part of the experience, knowing it might be the last time… and then the lights went out and I had the most intense 55 laps of my life. I took my decision on Monday evening. After reflecting for a day, the first people I told were Vivian and Georg (Nolte, from Nico’s management team), followed by Toto.

“The only thing that makes this decision in any way difficult for me is because I am putting my racing family into a tough situation. But Toto understood. He knew straight away that I was completely convinced and that reassured me. My proudest achievement in racing will always be to have won the world championship with this incredible team of people, the Silver Arrows.

“Now, I’m just here to enjoy the moment. There is time to savour the next weeks, to reflect on the season and to enjoy every experience that comes my way. After that, I will turn the next corner in my life and see what it has in store for me…”

Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Toto Wolff:

“This is a brave decision by Nico and testament to the strength of his character. He has chosen to leave at the pinnacle of his career, as World Champion, having achieved his childhood dream. The clarity of his judgement meant I accepted his decision straight away when he told me.

“It’s impossible to capture the essence of a person in a few short words. But Nico has a special combination of natural talent and fighting spirit that have brought him to where he is today. Throughout his career, people have thought he was on a golden path to success just because his father was a World Champion; in fact, I think in some ways that made the challenge greater – and meant he had to fight even harder with the weight of expectation on his shoulders.

“With Mercedes, Nico has been a relentless competitor, bouncing back from tough times in an inspirational way, and he earned the respect of the sport with his tenacity, his fighting spirit and his grace under pressure. Since 2010, he has poured competitive energy into our team and we have grown stronger because of it. We simply say ‘thank you’ for the incredible contribution he has made to our success, alongside two of the all-time great drivers, Michael and Lewis.

“For the team, this is an unexpected situation but also an exciting one. We are going into a new era of technical regulations and there is a free Mercedes cockpit for the seasons ahead. We will take the necessary time to evaluate our options and then find the right path for our future.”

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Pirelli – Race Notes from Abu Dhabi GP 2016 + Infographics

2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Race Notes and Infographics.

2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Race

HAMILTON WINS RACE WHILE HIS MERCEDES TEAM MATE ROSBERG
WINS CHAMPIONSHIP: BOTH USE IDENTICAL TWO-STOP STRATEGIES

ALTERNATIVE DOUBLE-STOPPER USED BY FERRARI’S
SEBASTIAN VETTEL TO FINISH ON PODIUM

FINAL DEVELOPMENT TEST ON TUESDAY AS THREE TEAMS
TRY OUT 2017 TYRES WITH MULE CARS TOGETHER


Yas Marina, November 27, 2016 – The final race in the era of deliberately high tyre degradation came to an end with Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and his team mate Nico Rosberg finishing second to win the drivers’ world championship for the first time.

Both Mercedes drivers used an identical two-stop strategy, starting on the ultrasoft and then changing twice to the soft within a single lap of each other on both occasions.

A different strategy was adopted by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who used all three compounds: starting on the ultrasoft, switching to the soft and then ending the race on the supersoft. Vettel was the fastest man on the track in the closing stages, moving up the leaderboard to threaten the leaders and provide a dramatic finish to the race.

The only drivers in the top 10 not to start on the ultrasoft were the two Red Bull drivers. Despite a spin at the start of the race following contact, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was able to climb to second overall before making his single stop. Verstappen was the only one of frontrunners to stop just once, maximizing his first supersoft stint to gain track position and eventually finish fourth.

On Tuesday, the final development test for the completely new 2017 tyres will take place, with Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari all taking to the track with their modified 2015 mule cars together for the first time. The next wider generation of tyres is designed to provide less degradation, introducing a new philosophy for the technical revolution that will provide even more performance next year.

Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director: “The decision taken by Red Bull yesterday to start on the supersoft was pivotal to the race today, with Max Verstappen making the most of a creative one-stop strategy to challenge the two-stoppers. Sebastian Vettel also capitalised on the performance of the supersoft to move up in the closing stages. Congratulations to Nico Rosberg for winning his first world title, and we’d also like to take the opportunity to pay tribute to Felipe Massa and Jenson Button, who both ended their fantastic Formula 1 careers today. Now that the 2016 season is over, our focus already switches to next year – starting on Tuesday, when we undertake our final development test for the new 2017 wider tyres, using all three mule cars together for the first time.”

Fastest times of the day by compound

Soft Supersoft Ultrasoft
First RIC 1m44.889s VET 1m43.729s HAM 1m46.191s
Second HAM 1m45.137s ALO 1m44.495s ROS 1m46.394s
Third RAI 1m45.163s GRO 1m44.970s RAI 1m46.479s

Longest stint of the race:

Soft Ericsson 38 laps
Supersoft Verstappen 21
Ultrasoft Perez 9

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Abu Dhabi race winner is Lewis Hamilton, but the 2016 World Champion is Nico Rosberg

A big congratulation to the fantastic Mercedes AMG F1 Team. What a fantastic season you have had!

From Formula1.com


POS NO DRIVER CAR LAPS TIME/RETIRED PTS
1 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 55 1:38:04.013 25
2 6 Nico Rosberg MERCEDES 55 +0.439s 18
3 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 55 +0.843s 15
4 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 55 +1.685s 12
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 55 +5.315s 10
6 7 Kimi Räikkönen FERRARI 55 +18.816s 8
7 27 Nico Hulkenberg FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 55 +50.114s 6
8 11 Sergio Perez FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 55 +58.776s 4
9 19 Felipe Massa WILLIAMS MERCEDES 55 +59.436s 2
10 14 Fernando Alonso MCLAREN HONDA 55 +59.896s 1
11 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 55 +76.777s 0
12 21 Esteban Gutierrez HAAS FERRARI 55 +95.113s 0
13 31 Esteban Ocon MRT MERCEDES 54 +1 lap 0
14 94 Pascal Wehrlein MRT MERCEDES 54 +1 lap 0
15 9 Marcus Ericsson SAUBER FERRARI 54 +1 lap 0
16 12 Felipe Nasr SAUBER FERRARI 54 +1 lap 0
17 30 Jolyon Palmer RENAULT 54 +1 lap 0
NC 55 Carlos Sainz TORO ROSSO FERRARI 41 DNF 0
NC 26 Daniil Kvyat TORO ROSSO FERRARI 14 DNF 0
NC 22 Jenson Button MCLAREN HONDA 12 DNF 0
NC 77 Valtteri Bottas WILLIAMS MERCEDES 6 DNF 0
NC 20 Kevin Magnussen RENAULT 5 DNF 0
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Tyre sets available for the 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Sets available for the race – Infographics

 

 

 

Sets available for the race – Infographics

Sets available for the race – Infographics

 

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Pirelli notes from the Qualifying for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – 2016

In line with expectations, track and air temperatures dropped throughout each session, meaning that the quickest times tended to come right at the end.

 

2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Qualifying

TRACK EVOLUTION AND FALLING TEMPERATURES MEANS THAT TIMES
SPEED UP RAPIDLY THROUGHOUT EACH QUALIFYING SESSION

MERCEDES ONE-TWO ON ULTRASOFT WITH HAMILTON BEATING
ROSBERG, WHILE RED BULL DRIVERS WILL START ON THE SUPERSOFT

TWO PIT STOPS LIKELY FOR THE RACE: STRATEGY WILL BE CRUCIAL
ON A TRACK WHERE IT IS HARD TO OVERTAKE


Yas Marina, November 26, 2016 – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton will start tomorrow’s world championship decider from pole position after setting a time of 1m38.755s on the ultrasoft tyre. This was a second and a half faster than last year’s pole, when the supersoft was the softest available compound.

In line with expectations, track and air temperatures dropped throughout each session, meaning that the quickest times tended to come right at the end. All the drivers were straight onto the ultrasoft in Q1, with the exception of the Williams drivers. Only Valtteri Bottas managed to get through to Q2 with the supersoft only.

Having gone fastest in Q1 on the ultrasoft, Hamilton lowered his benchmark in Q2 on a fresh set of the same compound, with both him and his team mate completing only one run to place first and second.

Red Bull was the only team to take an alternative approach to the Q2 session by running the supersoft, which is around 0.7 seconds slower than the ultrasoft but can last longer. Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen will start from third and sixth on the grid tomorrow: the only cars in the top 10 to begin the grand prix on the supersoft. Both Red Bull drivers completed their final Q2 runs on the ultrasoft, without improving their previous times.

The final top 10 shoot-out was mostly contested over two runs, with Hamilton’s pole time on the second run coming close to the absolute qualifying record set in 2011.

The most likely strategy tomorrow is for two pit stops, with tactics playing an important role in the race as the Yas Marina circuit is quite difficult to overtake on, as has been seen in the past here during previous championship deciders. One predictable factor should be the weather, which is expected to be similar to conditions today.

Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director: “Track and air temperatures fell throughout the session, and we were also a full 11 degrees cooler on track than the FP3 session earlier in the day. In these unique conditions the ultrasoft came into its own, but there was an interesting variation in strategy from Red Bull, which has opted to start the race on the supersoft. How these different tactics play out will be a key aspect of the race and potentially the championship outcome tomorrow.”

How the tyres behaved today:


Soft: Not seen in qualifying at all but will be a vital ingredient in tomorrow’s race.


Supersoft: The talking point in qualifying, with Red Bull opting to use them in Q2.


Ultrasoft: Around 0.7s.faster than the supersoft, used for the majority of running today.

FREE PRACTICE 3 – TOP 3 TIMES

Vettel 1m40.775s Ultrasoft New
Verstappen 1m40.912s Ultrasoft New
Raikkonen 1m40.999s Ultrasoft New

QUALIFYING TOP 10

Hamilton 1m38.755s Ultrasoft New
Rosberg 1m39.058s Ultrasoft New
Ricciardo 1m39.589s Ultrasoft New
Raikkonen 1m39.604s Ultrasoft New
Vettel 1m39.661s Ultrasoft New
Verstappen 1m39.818s Ultrasoft New
Hulkenberg 1m40.501s Ultrasoft New
Perez 1m40.519s Ultrasoft New
Alonso 1m41.106s Ultrasoft New
Massa 1m41.213s Ultrasoft New

MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR

Soft Wehrlein 28 laps
Supersoft Bottas 22
Ultrasoft Gutierrez 20

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND SO FAR

Soft Rosberg 1m42.294s
Supersoft Verstappen 1m39.903s
Ultrasoft Hamilton 1m38.755s
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Qualifying Result – 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Will Ferrari be able do something with Mercedes tomorrow?

POS NO DRIVER CAR Q1 Q2 Q3 LAPS
1 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:39.487 1:39.382 1:38.755 12
2 6 Nico Rosberg MERCEDES 1:40.511 1:39.490 1:39.058 12
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 1:41.002 1:40.429 1:39.589 17
4 7 Kimi Räikkönen FERRARI 1:40.338 1:39.629 1:39.604 14
5 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 1:40.341 1:40.034 1:39.661 14
6 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 1:40.424 1:39.903 1:39.818 13
7 27 Nico Hulkenberg FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 1:41.000 1:40.709 1:40.501 12
8 11 Sergio Perez FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 1:40.864 1:40.743 1:40.519 12
9 14 Fernando Alonso MCLAREN HONDA 1:41.616 1:41.044 1:41.106 17
10 19 Felipe Massa WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:41.157 1:40.858 1:41.213 15
11 77 Valtteri Bottas WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:41.192 1:41.084 9
12 22 Jenson Button MCLAREN HONDA 1:41.158 1:41.272 14
13 21 Esteban Gutierrez HAAS FERRARI 1:41.639 1:41.480 16
14 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 1:41.467 1:41.564 15
15 30 Jolyon Palmer RENAULT 1:41.775 1:41.820 14
16 94 Pascal Wehrlein MRT MERCEDES 1:41.886 1:41.995 14
17 26 Daniil Kvyat TORO ROSSO FERRARI 1:42.003 9
18 20 Kevin Magnussen RENAULT 1:42.142 6
19 12 Felipe Nasr SAUBER FERRARI 1:42.247 8
20 31 Esteban Ocon MRT MERCEDES 1:42.286 8
21 55 Carlos Sainz TORO ROSSO FERRARI 1:42.393 9
22 9 Marcus Ericsson SAUBER FERRARI 1:42.637 8
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