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2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Qualifying

2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Qualifying

MERCEDES DRIVER LEWIS HAMILTON WILL START 
FROM POLE ON ULTRASOFT AFTER SETTING A NEW TRACK RECORD

RED BULL’S MAX VERSTAPPEN WILL BE THE ONLY DRIVER IN THE TOP SIX 
TO START ON HYPERSOFT

ONE PIT STOP THE MOST LIKELY RACE STRATEGY ON A CIRCUIT 
WHERE IT’S HARD TO OVERTAKE

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING

“The Q2 session was particularly relevant, with a lot of drivers starting their runs on the ultrasoft, but not all of them managing to set their fastest times with this compound. As a result, we’ll have an interesting situation at the race start tomorrow with the Mercedes of Hamilton leading a top five on ultrasoft,  ahead of the rest of the top 10 on hypersoft. It will be interesting to see how their strategies diverge. One-stop should be fastest, but it will also depend on the degradation rate of the hypersoft on heavy fuel at the start of the race. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was the only driver to use two sets of ultrasoft in Q2, which could indicate a strategy that keeps a new hypersoft for the second stint. The drivers will have to manage falling track temperatures throughout the race, which will have an effect on how they can manage the tyres. Generally speaking, they will be able to push harder on them in the later stages.”

HOW THE TYRES BEHAVED TODAY

FREE PRACTICE 3 – TOP 3 TIMES

QUALIFYING TOP 10

MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND SO FAR

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