2016 Monaco Grand Prix, Qualifying

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 PIRELLI TODAY SHOWED THE NEW WIDER TYRES FOR 2017

Monte Carlo, May 28, 2016 – Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo has claimed his debut pole position at the Monaco Grand Prix, using the all-new P Zero Purple ultrasoft compound, which has proved to be over half a second per lap faster than the P Zero Red supersoft. This made it the main choice for qualifying, used by all the drivers from start to finish: with the exception of Force India, which used the supersoft in Q1 and Q3, and Ricciardo, who scored his Q2 best time on supersoft, and so will start the race on this compound.
The Australian’s pole time of 1m13.622s was nearly a second and a half faster than pole position last year, and also beats the race lap record.

With the circuit open to normal traffic following yesterday’s GP2 race and free practice on Thursday, the usual pattern of track evolution over a grand prix weekend is never followed in Monaco. As a result, the final free practice session this morning was of maximum importance to gauge grip levels prior to qualifying. Track temperatures reached 48 degrees centigrade during qualifying: the highest seen all weekend so far.

As is often the case in Monaco, there were stoppages due to incidents during qualifying: any safety cars tomorrow will have a big influence on the race strategy and outcome.

Pirelli today revealed the new wider tyres for 2017 when Formula 1 will introduce some important changes that will be heavily influenced by the new tyres’ dimensions.
More details, pictures and videos about the new 2017 tyres can be downloaded at the following link: www.pirelli.com/global/en-ww/2017-bigger-and-better

Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director: “Monaco provided the usual exciting qualifying session, enhanced by the fact that everyone knows just how important it is, given the difficulty of overtaking. Monaco has traditionally been a one-stop race. However, theoretically a two-stop strategy is faster now that we have introduced the ultrasoft. Theory and practice are often quite different though, so it’s going to be very interesting to see the strategic choices made tomorrow. Wear and degradation was low during Thursday, even on the ultrasoft, but with more running on this compound today the teams have learned ways to reduce it still further.”

How the tyres behaved today:
Soft: Not seen in qualifying.
Supersoft: Used by Force India in Q1 and Q3 as well as Ricciardo in Q2. Could be a factor in an alternative strategy, with those starting on it running longer for the first stint.
Ultrasoft: Used a lot so far, offering some of the best performance ever seen in Monaco.

Race strategy: A two-stopper is actually theoretically fastest in Monaco, but this doesn’t take into account the problems of traffic and overtaking: two of the biggest challenges in the principality. So in actual fact, a one-stopper could be more likely for the race. The ideal one-stopper is: start on ultrasoft, change to soft on lap 18. The fastest two-stopper is: start on ultrasoft, change to ultrasoft again on lap 14, then soft on lap 28.

FREE PRACTICE 3 – TOP THREE TIMES

Vettel 1m14.650s UltraSoft – New
Hamilton 1m14.668s UltraSoft – New
Rosberg 1m14.772s UltraSoft – New

QUALIFYING TOP 10

Ricciardo 1m13.622s UltraSoft – New
Rosberg 1m13.791s UltraSoft – New
Hamilton 1m13.942s UltraSoft – New
Vettel 1m14.552s UltraSoft – New
Hulkenberg 1m14.726s UltraSoft – New
Raikkonen 1m14.732 UltraSoft – Used
Sainz 1m14.749s UltraSoft – New
Perez 1m14.902s UltraSoft – New
Kvyat 1m15.273s UltraSoft – New
Alonso 1m15.363s UltraSoft – New

LONGEST STINT SO FAR

Soft Perez 21 (laps)
Supersoft Haryanto 20
Ultrasoft Ricciardo 21

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND SO FAR

Soft Kvyat 1m16.529s
Supersoft Ricciardo 1m14.357s
Ultrasoft Ricciardo 1m13.622s