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2016 Japan Gran Prix - Qualifying

Suzuka, October 8, 2016 – Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has claimed pole position for the Japanese Grand Prix, setting a time of 1m30.647s on the soft tyre: the fastest time of the weekend so far that was around two seconds faster than last year’s pole.

 Two stops seem set to be the most probable strategy for the grand prix tomorrow, although this will depend on track and weather conditions. Following some overnight rain, qualifying remained completely dry; however damp conditions at the start of FP3 meant that the Cinturato intermediate and full wet was also briefly used today – meaning that all five tyres were run.


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Una foto pubblicata da Pirelli (@pirelli_motorsport) in data:

Everyone used just the soft tyre from Q2 onwards. In Q3 the drivers did two runs (apart from Force India and Haas), timing the final laps for the very end of the session in order to benefit from track evolution.

Tomorrow is expected to stay dry but the possibility of showers remains, with similar track temperatures to the 26 degrees centigrade seen today.


Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director: “Track temperatures were cooler than they had been yesterday, which affected tyre behaviour, along with the overnight rain that washed whatever rubber had been laid on the track yesterday away. The superior speed of the soft tyre meant that it was the automatic choice for qualifying and so the top 10 will all be starting on this compound tomorrow. Where they go from here in terms of strategy will be very interesting, with the whole field closely matched in terms of speed and the possibility of cool and variable weather.”

How the tyres behaved today:

Hard: Used by two drivers at Q1 start as an installation. Mandatory set for the race.

Medium: Mercedes and Red Bull got through Q1 with medium only, not used thereafter.

Soft: The most popular tyre choice for Suzuka, with a 1.3 second per lap advantage.


Free practice 3 - top three times

Rosberg                  1m32.092s    Soft - New

Ricciardo                1m32.394s    Soft - New

Vettel                      1m32.731s     Soft - New


Qualifying top 10

Rosberg                  1m30.647s     Soft New

Hamilton                 1m30.660s     Soft New

Raikkonen               1m30.949s     Soft New

Vettel                      1m31.028s      Soft New

Verstappen             1m31.178s       Soft New

Ricciardo                 1m31.240s     Soft New

Perez                       1m31.961s       Soft New

Grosjean                  1m31.961s       Soft New

Hulkenberg             1m32.142s       Soft New

Gutierrez                1m32.547s       Soft New


Most laps by compound so far

Hard                       Sainz                    24laps

Medium                  Palmer                  24

Soft                        Kvyat                    22


Intermediate         Grosjean                2


Wet                        Bottas                     1





Best time by compound so far

Hard             Hamilton                           1m33.475s

Medium        Rosberg                            1m31.858s

Soft              Rosberg                            1m30.647s

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