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Austrian GP: Pirelli Friday Practice Review


By Courtesy of Pirelli
July 4 2020

 
 Pirelli Austrian GP Friday Practice Review
 
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WHAT WE LEARNED FROM FP1 AND FP2
* Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton went fastest in both free practice sessions today using the P Zero Red soft tyre: faster than the equivalent time last year in both sessions. His team mate Valtteri Bottas was second in both FP1 and FP2.

* Ferrari decided not to use the soft tyres in FP1 and only ran them in FP2 for the first time, with Sebastian Vettel classified fourth overall in the afternoon.

* The fastest non-Mercedes today was Racing Point, with Sergio Perez third overall in FP2, also on the soft tyre.

* Pirelliís 18-inch P Zero tyres made a successful competition debut today in free practice and qualifying for Formula 2. Formula 1 will adopt the same rim size in 2022.

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
ďAs expected, there was a relatively small gap in terms of performance between the three compounds at the Red Bull Ring, with a short lap thatís covered in just over a minute. Despite a very long time since the drivers were last on track, the fastest times in both free practice sessions today were slightly faster than their equivalents last year, confirming the development of the cars with exactly the same tyres as 2019. There was plenty of track evolution following some overnight rain, which led to the intermediate tyres being run briefly in FP1. With more teams challenging for the top 10, itís more likely that the soft will be needed to guarantee a chance of progressing to Q3, which is probably why we saw a lot of drivers concentrating on long runs with the soft tyre as well as the medium today. At such a finely-balanced circuit such as the Red Bull Ring, the smallest detail will count even more than usualĒ

 
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TOP 3 TIMES
FP1
Hamilton	1m04.816s	SOFT C4 USED
Bottas		1m05.172s	SOFT C4 NEW
Verstappen	1m05.418s	SOFT C4 NEW

FP2
Hamilton	1m04.304s	SOFT C4 NEW
Bottas		1m04.501s	SOFT C4 NEW
Perez		1m04.945s	SOFT C4 NEW

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
FP1
HARD C2		Hamilton	1m06.205s
MEDIUM C3	Ricciardo	1m05.860s
SOFT C4		Hamilton	1m04.816s
INTERMEDIATE	-		-

FP2
HARD C2		Sainz		1m05.864s
MEDIUM C3	Hamilton	1m05.095s
SOFT C4		Hamilton	1m04.304s

MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR
COMPOUND	DRIVER			LAPS
HARD C2		Gasly, Latifi, Vettel	31
MEDIUM C3	Stroll			28
SOFT C4		Kvyat			27
INTERMEDIATE	All the drivers		2

TYRE STATISTICS OF THE DAY
 			HARD	MEDIUM	SOFT	INTERMEDIATE
Kms driven*		1449	2167	2543	173
Sets used overall**	20	28	32	20

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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