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2018 Japanese Grand Prix – Qualifying

2018 Japanese Grand Prix – Qualifying

LEWIS HAMILTON CLAIMS POLE POSITION ON SUPERSOFT TYRE IN MIXED WEATHER CONDITIONS

MERCEDES DRIVERS WILL START TOMORROW’S RACE ON THE SOFT TYRES, AFTER RUNNING THEM IN Q2 ALONG WITH HAAS

TEAMS WILL AIM FOR ONE STOP TOMORROW BUT A TWO-STOPPER COULD BE QUICKER UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES

The Mercedes drivers got through Q2 on the soft tyre and so will start on this compound from first and second tomorrow. The only other driver in the top 10 of the grid who will start on the soft tyre is Haas’s Romain Grosjean.

As usual, the teams will aim to one-stop tomorrow. However, with conditions expected to be much warmer and drier, race circumstances might lead to a two-stopper being quicker.

For the first time, the Pirelli Pole Position Award was presented by a local fan, chosen via a social media poll.

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING

“In this mixed wet and dry session, it was never easy to make the right calls: in the end the times early in Q3 on the supersoft turned out to be the decisive ones. For the race tomorrow, the forecast is for conditions that are quite different. This throws a few question marks on the strategy, with the teams always looking to get through the race with just one stop if they can. However, the track and weather conditions may not make this possible. With three cars in the top 10 of the grid starting on the soft tyre – including first and second – we should see an interesting mix of strategies, with all three slick compounds having a potential role to play in the race. It was a complicated qualifying session today, but at least the teams obtained plenty of dry running data yesterday.”

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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