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Brazilian GP: Pirelli Friday Practice Review


By Courtesy of Pirelli
November 16 2019

 
 Pirelli Brazilian GP Friday Practice Review
 
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WHAT WE LEARNED FROM FP1 AND FP2
* Rain this morning that meant FP1 was declared a wet session. The FP2 session in the afternoon was dry but cool, with ambient temperatures of around 20 degrees centigrade.
* Red Bull’s Alexander Albon was fastest this morning on the intermediate tyres, with the track drying up in the closing minutes of FP1 to enable some limited slick tyre running. However, there were still some damp patches.
* In FP2, the teams sampled all three of the slick tyres available, with Sebastian Vettel leading a Ferrari one-two on the soft tyre.
* The remainder of the weekend is expected to be dry, meaning that only the data from FP2 is really relevant. Both practice sessions today ended under a red flag.
* Low tyre degradation was seen in FP2, pointing at a one-stopper on Sunday.
* On the short Interlagos circuit, the performance gap between the soft and the medium is around 0.5 seconds up to now, while the gap between the medium and the hard is a bit bigger: around one second (although data on the hard tyre is in relatively short supply).

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“The wet morning session was useful to have a look at crossover points between wets and inters and slicks, while we then got some good dry running in the afternoon. There is a short and intense lap here, which means that the gaps are always close. We experienced cool conditions throughout the day, with ambient temperatures of 20 degrees centigrade and track temperatures struggling to get past 23 degrees. These conditions clearly affect tyre behaviour. Nonetheless, the tyres seem to be working very well so far, with no graining despite the cool weather. In any case, temperatures are expected to get warmer for the rest of the weekend, which could alter the picture of tyre behaviour when it comes to performance gaps and degradation, opening up the door to some different strategies.”

 
FREE PRACTICE 1 – TOP 3 TIMES
DRIVER		TIME		COMPOUND
Albon		1m16.142s	INTERMEDIATE USED
Bottas		1m16.693s	INTERMEDIATE NEW
Vettel		1m17.041s	INTERMEDIATE NEW

FREE PRACTICE 2 – TOP 3 TIMES
DRIVER		TIME		COMPOUND
Vettel		1m09.217s	SOFT C3 NEW
Leclerc		1m09.238s	SOFT C3 NEW
Verstappen	1m09.351s	SOFT C3 NEW

FP1 - BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
COMPOUND	DRIVER		TIME
INTERMEDIATE	Albon		1m16.142s
WET		Leclerc		1m21.259s

FP2 - BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
COMPOUND	DRIVER		TIME
HARD C1		Bottas		1m10.604s
MEDIUM C2	Vettel		1m09.570s
SOFT C3		Vettel		1m09.217s

MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR
COMPOUND	DRIVER			LAPS
HARD C1		Raikkonen		19
MEDIUM C2	Leclerc			27
SOFT C3		Magnussen, Norris	27
INTERMEDIATE	Giovinazzi		16
WET		Sainz			9

TYRE STATISTICS OF THE DAY
 			HARD	MEDIUM	SOFT	INTERMEDIATE	WET
Kms driven*		275	1042	1598	603		258
Sets used overall**	5	17	28	18		19

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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