F1 Qualifying

Discussion in 'Open Wheel Racing' started by Ford 222, Jul 16, 2017 at 3:20 PM.

  1. Ford 222

    Ford 222 Team Owner

    I'm from the NASCAR side but have been paying attention to and watching F1 races past couple years. Can someone explain F1 qualifying to me? I know it's where NASCAR qualifying came from but F1 seems to not be concerned about laps on tires? Do they not slow down as tires wear? Can they change them as much as they want? Is an "out lap" their coming up to speed lap or just getting things up to temp?
     
  2. donthaveanickname

    donthaveanickname Crew Chief

    They have 13(?) sets of tires per weekend and they can use as much sets as they want during qualifying.
     
  3. Zerkfitting

    Zerkfitting Team Owner

    They only use 2-3 sets during a race.
     
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  4. Marcingak

    Marcingak Team Owner

    An out lap is when they come out of the pits. The tires work best when they are warmed up so usually the first lap will be slow because the tires are not at optimal temperature yet.
     
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  5. Ford 222

    Ford 222 Team Owner

    Thank you all!

    One thing, do the tires not degrade and slow the times down as they wear like in NASCAR ? When the qualify there, they try to use the tires as little as possible each session but it looks in F1 they run the entire session?
     
  6. donthaveanickname

    donthaveanickname Crew Chief

    Tires do degrade, but in this year 3 fast qualifying laps on one set of tires should be possible.
    They of course change tires between Q1 and Q2 (and Q2 and Q3).
     
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