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Styrian GP: Pirelli Friday Practice Review


By Courtesy of Pirelli
July 11 2020

 
 Pirelli Styrian GP Friday Practice Review
 
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FRIDAY SUMMARY
* Red Bull’s Max Verstappen went fastest today, surpassing the benchmark set in FP2 at the Red Bull Ring last week by more than six tenths of a second.
* Second-fastest time for Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) and third-fastest time for Sergio Perez (Racing Point) made it three different teams in the top three. All used the P Zero Red soft tyre to set their quickest laps, as expected.
* Today’s weather was hot, with track temperatures that peaked at 54 degrees centigrade, but conditions are expected to be very different tomorrow as heavy rain is forecast from the morning.
* The teams were able to use their prior knowledge of the Red Bull Ring to improve their lap times compared to last week, with some also trying new parts. The top four drivers in FP2 were faster than the best time in the same session last week.
* Last week’s race showed that the soft tyre held up well even in warm conditions, with today’s running confirming how the drivers were able to push this compound hard – also extending the performance gap between the soft and medium runs.
* Compared to FP2 last week, far fewer drivers carried out long runs: also relying on the data collected last week..

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“Today was a slightly unusual situation, with the teams practising on a circuit that they had only raced on a few days previously. But it’s interesting that the sessions had quite a different complexion to what we saw this time last week. There was an added urgency to FP2, as it’s been suggested that these times might count towards the final grid positions if it’s not possible to run qualifying as scheduled tomorrow, due to the expected heavy rain. This also made it particularly important for the teams to carry out their race preparations, with conditions on Sunday predicted to be dry, and to set an FP2 banker time in case it was needed in lieu of qualifying. From a tyre perspective, there were no real surprises: everything performed as anticipated and with wet weather likely tomorrow, the teams are expected to have a full allocation of slick tyres for the race, which opens up more possibilities for different strategies”

 
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TOP 3 TIMES
FP1
Perez		1m04.867s	SOFT C4 NEW
Verstappen	1m04.963s	SOFT C4 NEW
Bottas		1m05.089s	MEDIUM C3 USED
FP2
Verstappen	1m03.660s	SOFT C4 NEW
Bottas		1m03.703s	SOFT C4 NEW
Perez		1m03.877s	SOFT C4 NEW

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
FP1
HARD C2		Perez		1m06.085s
MEDIUM C3	Bottas		1m05.089s
SOFT C4		Perez		1m04.867s
FP2
HARD C2		Albon		1m05.664s
MEDIUM C3	Verstappen	1m04.570s
SOFT C4		Verstappen	1m03.660s

MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR
COMPOUND	DRIVER		LAPS
HARD C2		Norris		19
MEDIUM C3	Sainz		31
SOFT C4		Ocon		26

TYRE STATISTICS OF THE DAY
 			HARD	MEDIUM	SOFT
Kms driven*		904	2236	2188
Sets used overall**	20	33	46

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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