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Monaco GP: Pirelli Thursday Practice Review


By Courtesy of Pirelli
May 24 2019

 
 Pirelli Monaco GP Thursday Practice Review
 
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WHAT WE LEARNED FROM FP1 AND FP2
- Following a trend we have seen all year lap times were quicker than they were in 2018: the best time from Lewis Hamilton in FP2 was more than 0.7s faster than last year.
- Conditions were quite cool, with ambient temperatures of 24 degrees and track temperatures peaking at 33 degrees during the afternoon. The forecast for the rest of the weekend seems to be mixed, with still a possibility of rain for Saturday.
- As a result of these cool temperatures, as well as a ‘green’ and slippery track as usual, there was a small degree of graining seen this morning, minimised in the afternoon.
- All three compounds were run today, but the focus was firmly on the soft compound: which has been nominated almost exclusively by all the drivers for this weekend.
- Monaco is the track that extracts the least energy from the tyres, so wear and degradation remained low throughout the day, as expected.
- Unusually, there were no red flag stoppages or other lengthy delays, with very little contact with the barriers throughout the three hours of running today.
- So far, the performance gaps between the compounds are around 0.8 seconds between medium and soft, and 0.9 seconds between hard and medium (even though there was not much running today on the hard).

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“It was a fairly typical Monaco Thursday, although with slightly cooler conditions than is often the case, and no lengthy stoppages. We saw most drivers on the soft tyres all day, which are similar to last year’s hypersoft here, but with extra durability. As a result, the drivers have been able to push harder for longer: already at the end of Thursday we are not far from the pole time from last year. Although there are some question marks about the weather still, we’d expect the tyre strategy for qualifying and the race to be reasonably straightforward, with the teams having gathered plenty of information today.”

 
FREE PRACTICE 1 – TOP 3 TIMES
DRIVER		TIME		COMPOUND
Hamilton	1m12.106s	SOFT C5 NEW
Verstappen	1m12.165s	SOFT C5 NEW
Bottas		1m12.178s	SOFT C5 NEW

FREE PRACTICE 2 – TOP 3 TIMES
DRIVER		TIME		COMPOUND
Hamilton	1m11.118s	SOFT C5 NEW
Bottas		1m11.199s	SOFT C5 NEW
Vettel		1m11.881s	SOFT C5 NEW

FP1 - BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
COMPOUND	DRIVER		TIME
HARD C3		Perez		1m15.499s
MEDIUM C4	Albon		1m15.202s
SOFT C5		Hamilton	1m12.106s

FP2 - BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
COMPOUND	DRIVER		TIME
HARD C3		Magnussen	1m13.985s
MEDIUM C4	Hamilton	1m11.926s
SOFT C5		Hamilton	1m11.118s

MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR
COMPOUND	DRIVER		LAPS
HARD C3		Perez		24
MEDIUM C4	Giovinazzi	35
SOFT C5		Ricciardo	34

TYRE STATISTICS OF THE DAY
 			HARD	MEDIUM	SOFT
Kms driven*		297	961	3977
Sets used overall**	4	14	63
* 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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