VALTTERI BOTTAS CLAIMS POLE POSITION FOR MERCEDES USING ULTRASOFT TO SET NEW TRACK RECORD AT RED BULL RING
MERCEDES AND RED BULL TO START THE RACE ON SUPERSOFT TYRES. THE SAME TACTIC THAT BOTH TEAMS ADOPTED LAST WEEK IN FRANCE
A ONE-STOPPER IS THE MOST LIKELY STRATEGY FOR THE RACE BUT WITH A WIDE PIT STOP WINDOW
The ultrasoft was mainly used throughout qualifying but both the Mercedes and Red Bull drivers elected to go through Q2 using the supersoft tyres (as was also the case in France one week ago). They will consequently start the grand prix on this compound tomorrow: the only four in the top 10 to do so.
With reasonably low degradation and dry weather expected for the race, a one-stop strategy is the most likely option for most drivers – but we have already seen some tactical variations in qualifying.
MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“The short lap meant that we had a very close qualifying session as we expected, especially in the midfield. For the same reason, there’s not a big difference between the compounds here, which – together with low degradation – opens up a number of different strategic possibilities. With Mercedes and Red Bull starting on the slightly slower supersoft tyre, among the rest of the top 10 on ultrasoft, we should see an interesting first stint tomorrow in particular. We expect mainly a one-stop race but we are likely to have a few variations on that theme, with a wide pit stop window.”
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