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70th Anniversary GP: Pirelli Friday Practice Review


By Courtesy of Pirelli
August 8 2020

 
 Pirelli 70th Anniversary GP Friday Practice Review
 
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FRIDAY SUMMARY
* The key task for the teams during free practice on Friday was to acclimatise to the soft C4 compound, which has not been run at Silverstone before, and assess its characteristics in these warm conditions on a very severe track.
* Ambient temperatures peaked at 34 degrees centigrade at lunchtime, while track temperatures hit 48 degrees in the afternoon. This provided a big challenge for the tyres: especially the left-front.
* The teams were able to capitalise upon their knowledge of Silverstone set-up from last weekend and focus on performance. Using the softer C4 compound, the fastest time in FP2 was 1.6 seconds quicker than it was at this time last week.
* All three nominated compounds were used during free practice, with the teams concentrating on the hard and the medium at the start of FP2 to gather information that will be vital when it comes to establishing a race strategy.

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“With a nomination that’s one step softer compared to last weekend and a track that is notoriously demanding on tyres, the teams certainly had plenty to think about and try out in free practice, even though they were only here a week ago. With two stops likely to be the norm on Sunday, a wide variety of race strategies are possible. As expected on the softest compound in particular, we saw some blistering, but also a very rapid speed over one lap that’s likely to lead to a new track record this weekend. There’s no doubt that the soft won’t be the favoured race tyre, so the challenge is to get the most out of it as part of an overall grand prix weekend strategy, which will start with the decisions made during qualifying tomorrow. The information gained today will be an important part of that decision-making process.”

 
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TOP 3 TIMES
FP1
Bottas		1m26.166s	SOFT C4 NEW
Hamilton	1m26.304s	SOFT C4 NEW
Verstappen	1m26.893s	SOFT C4 NEW

FP2
Hamilton	1m25.606s	MEDIUM C3 NEW
Bottas		1m25.782s	SOFT C4 NEW
Ricciardo	1m26.421s	SOFT C4 NEW

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
FP1
HARD C2		-		-
MEDIUM C3	-		-
SOFT C4		Bottas		1m26.166s

FP2
HARD C2		Ricciardo	1m27.057s
MEDIUM C3	Hamilton	1m25.606s
SOFT C4		Bottas		1m25.782s

MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR
COMPOUND	DRIVER		LAPS
HARD C2		Ricciardo	26
MEDIUM C3	Russell		24
SOFT C4		Grosjean	18

TYRE STATISTICS OF THE DAY
 			HARD	MEDIUM	SOFT
Kms driven*		235	1643	4058
Sets used overall**	2	16	62

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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