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Ferrari Claims First And Second In Qualifying On Ultrasoft With A Pole Time More Than Two Seconds Faster Than Last Year

Only Ferrari Uses The Supersoft In Q1 Ultrasoft For Everyone Else From Start To Finish In Qualifying

Qualifying took place in dry and warm conditions in Sochi, with the final session getting away with 26 degrees ambient and 40 on track.

Ferrari was the only team to use the supersoft in qualifying, with both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen getting through to Q2 with the red tyre.

From then on, only the purple ultrasoft was used, with Ferrari claiming first and second on the grid, having also gone quickest with Vettel in the similar conditions of FP3 this morning.

MARIO ISOLA – HEAD OF CAR RACING – “The key to qualifying was the preparation of the tyres on the warm-up lap, with some drivers choosing one, and others preferring two, in order to extract the maximum performance. On the final run, Vettel did two warm-up laps, while Raikkonen chose one.”

“This precise tyre management was a highlight of an exciting and closely-fought session with some very close margins at the finish. Apart from that, it was a straightforward qualifying session today, with the tyres behaving exactly as we expected. As we’ve seen from the past the surface remains quite slippery here, despite some natural ageing of the asphalt.”


1Sebastian Vettel1m 33.194sULTRASOFT NEW
2Kimi Raikkonen1m33.253sULTRASOFT NEW
3Valtteri Bottas1m33.289sULTRASOFT NEW
4Lewis Hamilton1m33.767sULTRASOFT NEW
5Daniel Ricciardo1m34.905sULTRASOFT NEW
6Felipe Massa1m35.110sULTRASOFT NEW
7Max Verstappen1m35.161sULTRASOFT NEW
8Nico Hulkenberg1m35.285sULTRASOFT NEW
9Sergio Perez1m35.337sULTRASOFT USED
10Esteban Ocon1m35.430sULTRASOFT USED


SOFTValtteri Bottas16
SUPER-SOFTDaniil Kvyat 25
ULTRA-SOFTValtteri Bottas32


SOFTSebastian Vettel1m37.726s
SUPER-SOFTSebastian Vettel1m34.493s
ULTRA-SOFTSebastian Vettel1m33.194s

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