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Canadian GP: Pirelli Friday Practice Review


By Courtesy of Pirelli
June 8 2019

 
 Pirelli Canadian GP Friday Practice Review
 
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WHAT WE LEARNED FROM FP1 AND FP2
- Montreal is always a track with plenty of evolution, but this year the surface was even more slippery and dusty than usual, with very little grip during both free practice sessions.
- Even the top drivers were caught out by this: Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen were among those hitting the wall, with Hamilton out for most of FP2 (missing out on both hard and soft tyre running).
- Despite the tricky conditions, the fastest FP2 time, set by Charles Leclerc who headed a Ferrari one-two on the soft C5 tyre, was marginally quicker than the corresponding time from last year (set on the 2018 hypersoft, which is roughly equivalent).
- Conditions were warmer than is often the case in Canada, with ambient temperatures peaking at 29 degrees centigrade, while maximum track temperature was 47 degrees. Similarly warm or even hotter conditions are expected over the rest of the weekend.
- Most of the running this afternoon took place on the softest compound, with drivers completing a full programme of race and qualifying simulations, with short and long runs.
- So far, the performance gaps between the compounds are hard to accurately estimate, due to the high level of track evolution. The predicted gap is expected to be roughly 0.8 seconds between each compound.

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“So far we’ve seen a less than typical Canada in many ways. Temperatures have been higher than usual, and the track also seems to have been more slippery than normal: it’s hard to know if those two facts are connected. We’re expecting more warm weather over the rest of the weekend, which will have an effect in terms of wear and degradation, on a circuit that always has quite high traction demands. As a result, the drivers will need to manage thermal degradation carefully, especially at the rear, which will have an effect on qualifying and race strategy.”

 
FREE PRACTICE 1 – TOP 3 TIMES
DRIVER		TIME		COMPOUND
Hamilton	1m12.767s	MEDIUM C4 NEW
Bottas		1m12.914s	MEDIUM C4 NEW
Leclerc		1m13.720s	MEDIUM C4 NEW

FREE PRACTICE 2 – TOP 3 TIMES
DRIVER		TIME		COMPOUND
Leclerc		1m12.177s	SOFT C5 NEW
Vettel		1m12.251s	SOFT C5 NEW
Bottas		1m12.311s	SOFT C5 NEW

FP1 - BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
COMPOUND	DRIVER		TIME
HARD C3		Norris		1m15.545s
MEDIUM C4	Hamilton	1m12.767s
SOFT C5		Bottas		1m13.001s

FP2 - BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
COMPOUND	DRIVER		TIME
HARD C3		Bottas		1m13.080s
MEDIUM C4	Hamilton	1m12.938s
SOFT C5		Leclerc		1m12.177s

MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR
COMPOUND	DRIVER		LAPS
HARD C3		Hulkenberg	29
MEDIUM C4	Albon		31
SOFT C5		Magnussen	25

TYRE STATISTICS OF THE DAY
 			HARD	MEDIUM	SOFT
Kms driven*		955	2620	2202
Sets used overall**	11	36	34
* 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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