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Canadian GP: Pirelli Friday Practice Review

By Courtesy of Pirelli
June 9 2018

 
 Pirelli Canadian GP Friday Practice Review
 
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Friday in Canada provided a typical opening day of action, with high track evolution, plenty of traffic, a few contacts with the wall, and teams trying out different potential tyre combinations on both high and low fuel loads.

New for this year though is the P Zero Pink hypersoft tyre, which proved to be more than a second faster than any other compound in Canada. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who used it to top both sessions, set a best time of 1m12.198s in the afternoon. Mercedes was the only team not to try the hypersoft today. Conditions remained dry and warm, with FP2 ending in 25 degrees ambient and 37 degrees of track temperature.

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“Both free practice sessions were interrupted by red flags and virtual safety cars, but we could already see that the hypersoft has a significant performance advantage over the other compounds of more than a second, balanced out by a shorter overall life with higher degradation, which is exactly what we expected of this tyre here. As a result, the teams tried out a number of different combinations of tyre usage during free practice on varied fuel loads, as they explored a number of potential strategy options, which might include running a harder tyre in Q2 tomorrow. On a very different circuit to Monaco, where the track was front-limited, the objective for most teams today was to assess the wear and degradation rate of the hypersoft on a rear-limited circuit that is all about traction. This information will form an integral part of the strategy calculation. Tomorrow’s FP3 session will also be important to collect more data.”

 
FREE PRACTICE 1 – TOP 3 TIMES
DRIVER 		TIME 	  COMPOUND
Verstappen 	1m13.302s HYPERSOFT USED
Hamilton	1m13.390s ULTRASOFT NEW
Ricciardo 	1m13.518s HYPERSOFT NEW

FREE PRACTICE 2 – TOP 3 TIMES
DRIVER 		TIME 	  COMPOUND
Verstappen 	1m12.198s HYPERSOFT NEW
Raikkonen	1m12.328s HYPERSOFT NEW
Ricciardo 	1m12.603s HYPERSOFT NEW

FP1 - BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
COMPOUND 	DRIVER     TIME
SUPERSOFT 	Hamilton   1m13.967s
ULTRASOFT 	Hamilton   1m13.390s
HYPERSOFT 	Verstappen 1m13.302s

FP2 - BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
COMPOUND 	DRIVER 	   TIME
SUPERSOFT 	Hamilton   1m12.777s
ULTRASOFT 	Hamilton   1m12.834s
HYPERSOFT 	Verstappen 1m12.198s

MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR
COMPOUND 	DRIVER 	   LAPS
SUPERSOFT 	Leclerc    33
ULTRASOFT 	Ericsson   27
HYPERSOFT 	Hartley    27

TYRE STATISTICS OF THE DAY
			SUPERSOFT ULTRASOFT  HYPERSOFT
Kms driven* 		1478 	  2162 	     1521
Sets used overall** 	24 	  31 	     24
* The above number gives the total amount of kilometres
driven in FP1 and FP2 today, all drivers combined.
** Per compound, all drivers combined.
 
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