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2016 German Grand Prix, Qualifying

2016 German Grand Prix, Qualifying

MERCEDES DRIVER NICO ROSBERG ON POLE FOR GERMAN GRAND PRIX WITH A TIME MORE THAN TWO SECONDS FASTER THAN 2014 POLE

MERCEDES THE ONLY TEAM TO GET THROUGH Q1 USING THE SOFT TYRES ONLY

TWO OR THREE STOP STRATEGIES COULD LEAD TO A MIXTURE OF TACTICS FOR THE RACE TOMORROW: UNCERTAIN WEATHER POSSIBLE

Hockenheim, July 30, 2016 – Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has claimed pole position for the German Grand Prix. Conditions remained warm and dry throughout the session, with track temperatures of 38 degrees centigrade at the mid-point of qualifying. Rosberg’s pole time of 1m14.363s was more than two seconds faster than the 2014 pole (1m16.540s).

The Mercedes drivers were the only ones to get through Q1 using the soft tyre only, while all the others fitted the supersoft – reckoned to be around 1.5 seconds faster on the German track. From Q2 onwards, all the drivers utilised just the supersoft tyres in qualifying and this is the compound that the top 10 will start on tomorrow. Although yesterday 1.5 seconds separated the soft and supersoft compounds, the gap today seemed to be reduced at around 1 second.

Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director: “It looks like we might be seeing a mixture of two and three stop strategies tomorrow, with the running up to now showing that there could be a few quite different approaches to the race. A lot will obviously depend on the weather, which still appears to be changeable. Mercedes handed themselves a potential advantage by saving themselves an additional set of supersofts, so it will be interesting to see if they can capitalise upon that tomorrow.”

How the tyres behaved today: Medium: Not used during qualifying but might be used in the race as tactics will vary. Soft: Used by the Mercedes drivers only to get through Q1: could be key to the race. Supersoft: Around 1.5s faster than the soft on Friday; around 1 sec. gap seen in quali.

Possible race strategies and maximum laps*: Pirelli recommends that the following numbers of laps are not exceeded on each compound:           Soft = 29 laps           Supersoft = 22 laps

On this basis, the optimal pit-stop strategies predicted by Pirelli are as follows:

QUICKEST Three-stopper: three stints on supersoft + one stint on soft SECOND-QUICKEST Two-stopper: two stints on supersoft + one stint on soft (maximizing the stints on supersoft) THIRD QUICKEST Two-stopper: two stints on supersoft + one stint on soft (maximizing the single stint on soft) SLOWEST Two-stopper: one stint on supersoft + two stints on soft

Different permutations of compound usage within each strategy are possible.

*This information is provided just as an indication for media, based on Pirelli data. It doesn’t form any type of guarantee for the teams, as each team is obviously responsible for choosing its own race strategy based on its own wear data.

Free practice 3 – top three times

Rosberg 1m15.738s Supersoft new
Hamilton 1m15.795s Supersoft new
Ricciardo 1m15.837s Supersoft new

Qualifying top 10

Rosberg 1m14.363s Supersoft new
Hamilton 1m14.470s Supersoft new
Ricciardo 1m14.726s Supersoft new
Verstappen 1m14.834s Supersoft new
Raikkonen 1m15.142s Supersoft new
Vettel 1m15.315s Supersoft new
Hulkenberg 1m15.510s Supersoft new
Bottas 1m15.530s Supersoft new
Perez 1m15.537s Supersoft new
Massa 1m15.615s Supersoft new

Most laps by compound so far

MEDIUM Hulkenberg 21 laps
SOFT Vettel 33
SUPERSOFT Magnussen 24

Best time by compound so far

MEDIUM Hulkenberg 1m18.591s
SOFT Hamilton 1m15.243s
SUPERSOFT Rosberg 1m14.363s

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