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Pirelli review Barcelona Test Week One

By Courtesy of Pirelli
March 12 2017

 
 Pirelli review Barcelona Test Week One
 
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The first four days of pre-season Formula 1 testing concluded today at the Spanish circuit of Montmelò. A total of 3185 laps were covered, that means 14.826 kms.

From Monday to Wednesday, the drivers tested the new wider slick tyres on 2017 cars for the first time. Today they also tried the wet-weather tyres on an artificially-dampened circuit, using both the full wet and intermediate.

Mario Isola, Pirelli Racing Manager: “We’re satisfied with the results of these four days. From what we can see up to now, the new product is in line with our expectations. For the 2017 season, the sport asked us to develop tyres with less degradation, which allow drivers to push to the maximum. That’s what we’ve seen during these four days of testing so far, and what we’ll continue to see in the second four-day session next week.

During the first session, the lap times have already been lowered considerably. The target was for lap times that were five seconds faster compared to Barcelona in 2015. Yesterday, Valtteri Bottas set a best time of 1m19.705s on ultrasoft tyres. Considering that the pole time in 2015 at Barcelona was 1m24.681s, I would say that this objective has been met.

Today, we also saw the new wet weather tyres on track for the first time on the 2017 cars. The combination of new dimensions and a new tread pattern means that the water expulsion capacity of the Cinturato Blue full wet tyre has gone up from 65 to 85 litres of water per second, per tyre, at 300kph. The Cinturato Green intermediate also has an increase: from 25 to 30 litres of water per second dispersed.
We’ve now collected plenty more data for our engineers to analyse ahead of the next test session that takes place from March 7-10, again in Barcelona.”

 
BEST TIMES DAY 1
Driver	     Team	 Compound	Lap Time
Hamilton     Mercedes	 SOFT		01:21,765
Vettel	     Ferrari	 MEDIUM		01:21,878
Massa	     Williams	 SOFT		01:22,076
Magnussen    Haas	 SOFT		01:22,894
Ricciardo    Red Bull	 SOFT		01:22,926
Bottas	     Mercedes	 SOFT		01:23,169
Perez	     Force India SOFT		01:23,709
Sainz J	     Toro Rosso	 MEDIUM		01:24,494
Hulkenberg   Renault	 MEDIUM		01:24,784
Alonso	     McLaren	 SOFT		01:24,852
Ericsson     Sauber	 MEDIUM		01:26,841

BEST TIMES DAY 2
Driver	     Team	 Compound	Lap Time
Raikkonen    Ferrari	 SOFT		01:20,960
Hamilton     Mercedes	 SUPERSOFT	01:20,983
Verstappen   Red Bull	 SOFT		01:22,200
Magnussen    Haas	 SUPERSOFT	01:22,204
Ocon	     Force India SUPERSOFT	01:22,509
Kvyat	     Toro Rosso	 SOFT		01:22,956
Bottas	     Mercedes	 SOFT		01:22,986
Palmer	     Renault	 SOFT		01:24,139
Giovinazzi   Sauber	 SOFT		01:24,617
Vandoorne    McLaren	 SOFT		01:25,600
Stroll	     Williams	 MEDIUM		01:26,040

BEST TIMES DAY 3
Driver	     Team	 Compound	Lap Time
Bottas	     Mercedes	 ULTRASOFT	01:19,705
Vettel	     Ferrari	 SOFT		01:19,952
Ricciardo    Red Bull	 SOFT		01:21,153
Palmer	     Renault	 SOFT		01:21,396
Hulkenberg   Renault	 SOFT		01:21,791
Ericsson     Sauber	 SUPERSOFT	01:21,824
Hamilton     Mercedes	 SOFT		01:22,090
Grosjean     Haas	 SUPERSOFT	01:22,118
Stroll	     Williams	 SOFT		01:22,351
Alonso	     McLaren	 ULTRASOFT	01:22,598
Sainz J	     Toro Rosso	 MEDIUM		01:23,540
Celis	     Force India ULTRASOFT	01:23,568
Kvyat	     Toro Rosso	 MEDIUM		01:23,952

Driver	     Team	 Compound	Lap Time
Raikkonen    Ferrari	 SOFT		01:20,872
Verstappen   Red Bull	 SOFT		01:21,769
Palmer	     Renault	 SOFT		01:21,778
Grosjean     Haas	 MEDIUM		01:22,309
Giovinazzi   Sauber	 ULTRASOFT	01:22,401
Perez	     Force India SUPERSOFT	01:22,534
Vandoorne    McLaren	 ULTRASOFT	01:22,576
Bottas	     Mercedes	 SOFT		01:23,443
Hulkenberg   Renault	 SOFT		01:24,974

BEST TIMES - OVERALL 
Driver 	     Team 	 Compound 	Lap Time   Test Day
Bottas	     Mercedes	 ULTRASOFT	01:19,705  DAY 3
Vettel	     Ferrari	 SOFT		01:19,952  DAY 3
Raikkonen    Ferrari	 SOFT		01:20,960  DAY 2
Hamilton     Mercedes	 SUPERSOFT	01:20,983  DAY 2
Ricciardo    Red Bull	 SOFT		01:21,153  DAY 3
Palmer	     Renault	 SOFT		01:21,396  DAY 3
Verstappen   Red Bull	 SOFT		01:21,769  DAY 4
Hulkenberg   Renault	 SOFT		01:21,791  DAY 3
Ericsson     Sauber	 SUPERSOFT	01:21,824  DAY 3
Massa	     Williams	 SOFT		01:22,076  DAY 1
Grosjean     Haas	 SUPERSOFT	01:22,118  DAY 3
Magnussen    Haas	 SUPERSOFT	01:22,204  DAY 2
Stroll	     Williams	 SOFT		01:22,351  DAY 3
Giovinazzi   Sauber	 ULTRASOFT	01:22,401  DAY 4
Ocon	     Force India SUPERSOFT	01:22,509  DAY 2
Perez	     Force India SUPERSOFT	01:22,534  DAY 4
Vandoorne    McLaren	 ULTRASOFT	01:22,576  DAY 4
Alonso	     McLaren	 ULTRASOFT	01:22,598  DAY 3
Kvyat	     Toro Rosso	 SOFT		01:22,956  DAY 2
Sainz J	     Toro Rosso	 MEDIUM		01:23,540  DAY 3
Celis	     Force India ULTRASOFT	01:23,568  DAY 3
 

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