Williams F1
French GP: Pirelli Friday Practice Review
By Courtesy of Pirelli
June 22 2019

 
 Pirelli French GP Friday Practice Review
 
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WHAT WE LEARNED FROM FP1 AND FP2
- The track evolved rapidly: from a fastest time in FP1 that was slower than last year’s benchmark, the quickest time overall in FP2 – by Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas on the soft compound – was more than 1.5 seconds faster than the 2018 equivalent.
- His team mate Lewis Hamilton set his fastest time of the day (second-quickest overall) on the medium tyre, which could be an interesting solution to get through Q2 tomorrow.
- There’s a performance gap of just over 0.6 seconds between the soft and the medium so far, with the medium and the hard separated by a similar gap (although this is difficult to assess precisely due to track evolution).
- There have been a few new things to get used to: a new pit entry and some new asphalt, which looks visually different to the asphalt that’s already in place.
- There was some graining in FP1, with the cars sliding on the slippery surface.
- The competitive order appears to be interesting, with McLaren looking strong throughout both free practice sessions.
- Warm weather is set to be the case all weekend, with track temperatures peaking at 52 degrees centigrade during the afternoon.

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“The remarkable thing about today’s session was the fact that Lewis Hamilton set his fastest time on the medium tyre, as opposed to everyone else who set their best time on the softs, as is usual for a Friday. This means that there’s a strong chance of seeing these medium tyres in Q2, with some drivers perhaps using them to start the race on. There was a high degree of track evolution, with the circuit being very slippery this morning. This caused the cars to slide a lot, as a result of which we saw some graining. In warmer temperatures and with more rubber on the track, this phenomenon was progressively reduced, to the extent that the fastest FP2 time was more than 1.5 seconds quicker than last year. We anticipate seeing the lap times get even quicker tomorrow, as they have done throughout the season to date.”

 
FREE PRACTICE 1 – TOP 3 TIMES
DRIVER		TIME		COMPOUND
Hamilton	1m32.738s	SOFT C4 NEW
Bottas		1m32.807s	SOFT C4 NEW
Leclerc		1m33.111s	SOFT C4 NEW

FREE PRACTICE 2 – TOP 3 TIMES
DRIVER		TIME		COMPOUND
Bottas		1m30.937s	SOFT C4 NEW
Hamilton	1m31.361s	MEDIUM C3 USED
Leclerc		1m31.586s	SOFT C4 NEW

FP1 - BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
COMPOUND	DRIVER		TIME
HARD C2		-		-
MEDIUM C3	Verstappen	1m34.595s
SOFT C4		Hamilton	1m32.738s

FP2 - BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
COMPOUND	DRIVER		TIME
HARD C2		Norris		1m32.468s
MEDIUM C3	Bottas		1m31.110s
SOFT C4		Bottas		1m30.937s

MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR
COMPOUND	DRIVER			LAPS
HARD C2		Norris, Perez, Stroll	18
MEDIUM C3	Bottas			22
SOFT C4		Grosjean		23

TYRE STATISTICS OF THE DAY
 			HARD	MEDIUM	SOFT
Kms driven*		607	1705	3879
Sets used overall**	7	20	55
* 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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