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Spanish GP: Pirelli Friday Practice Review


By Courtesy of Pirelli
August 15 2020

 
 Pirelli Spanish GP Friday Practice Review
 
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FRIDAY SUMMARY
* Track temperatures exceeded 50 degrees today in the afternoon, but it was Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas who set the fastest time on the P Zero Red soft compound in the morning, comfortably improving the equivalent time from free practice last year. His team mate Lewis Hamilton went quickest in the afternoon’s FP2 session, also on soft, but failed to beat Bottas’s time from FP1.
* With the three hardest tyres in the P Zero F1 range nominated for the very first Spanish Grand Prix to be held in August, the teams concentrated on understanding how the three compounds performed in these high temperatures, over both short and long runs with different fuel loads.
* With the high temperatures set to persist tomorrow, teams also evaluated the possibility of going through Q2 on the medium compound.
* While the top three in both sessions today were familiar – the two Mercedes, followed by the Red Bull of Max Verstappen – there were some strong performances in FP2 from Daniel Ricciardo’s Renault in fourth and Romain Grosjean’s Haas in fifth.

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“Tyre performance today was in line with our expectations, with the gaps between the compounds as we thought they would be. Today’s work consisted of evaluation of all the different compounds, with assessment of the soft over the course of one lap as well as over a longer run probably being one of the keys to the strategy. So far, there’s a distinct performance gap between the soft and the hard, which makes it important to understand how to maximise the soft, with some teams perhaps already looking at a potential two-stop strategy involving the soft, in order to capitalise on the extra speed. That analysis will continue overnight, but all three compounds look set to play an interesting role here as things stand, as we saw from the extensive running on each compound throughout free practice.”

 
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TOP 3 TIMES
FP1
Bottas		1m16.785s	SOFT C3 NEW
Hamilton	1m16.824s	SOFT C3 NEW
Verstappen	1m17.724s	SOFT C3 NEW

FP2
Hamilton	1m16.883s	SOFT C3 NEW
Bottas		1m17.170s	SOFT C3 NEW
Verstappen	1m17.704s	SOFT C3 NEW

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
FP1
HARD 	C1	Hamilton	1m18.516s
MEDIUM C2	Perez		1m18.471s
SOFT C3		Bottas		1m16.785s

FP2
HARD C1		Bottas		1m18.590s
MEDIUM C2	Hamilton	1m17.970s
SOFT C3		Hamilton	1m16.883s

MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR
COMPOUND	DRIVER		LAPS
HARD C1		Russell		28
MEDIUM C2	Giovinazzi	25
SOFT C3		Ocon, Sainz	24

TYRE STATISTICS OF THE DAY
 			HARD	MEDIUM	SOFT
Kms driven*		1298	1666	3076
Sets used overall**	18	20	42

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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