British GP: Pirelli Friday Practice Review


By Courtesy of Pirelli
August 1 2020

 
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FRIDAY SUMMARY
* Temperatures at Silverstone were the hottest seen for several years, peaking at 37 degrees ambient and 51 degrees on track, adding to the challenge of this high-speed and high-energy circuit.
* Racing Point’s Lance Stroll set the fastest time of the FP2 session this afternoon on the P Zero Red soft tyre, around half a second slower than the equivalent time from last year.
* As a result of the recent lockdown, the Silverstone track hasn’t been used extensively, meaning that the surface that was re-asphalted last year hasn’t matured much. The wind and high temperatures today also often made it quite difficult for the drivers to find the right levels of grip and aerodynamic balance.
* In these tough conditions, the P Zero White hard C1 tyre – nominated for the first time this year – offered a good compromise between performance and durability.

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“Silverstone is always a tough challenge, but when the track is ‘green’ on a Friday and in these extremely hot conditions, the job of the tyres becomes even harder. Because weather conditions are likely to become considerably cooler for the rest of the weekend, that makes life a bit harder for the teams: the data they collect today might not be entirely relevant to the expected race conditions. It was interesting to see that 17 cars out of 20 were covered by just 1.5 seconds in FP2, which suggests that we’re in for a closely-fought weekend.”

 
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TOP 3 TIMES
FP1
Verstappen 	1m27.422s 	SOFT C3 NEW
Hamilton 	1m27.896s 	MEDIUM C2 NEW
Stroll 		1m28.994s 	MEDIUM C2 NEW

FP2
Stroll		1m27.274s	SOFT C3 NEW
Albon		1m27.364s	SOFT C3 NEW
Bottas		1m27.431s	SOFT C3 NEW

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
FP1
HARD C1		Bottas		1m28.605s
MEDIUM C2	Hamilton	1m27.896s
SOFT C3		Verstappen	1m27.422s
	
FP2
HARD C1		Hamilton	1m28.251s
MEDIUM C2	Bottas		1m27.731s
SOFT C3		Stroll		1m27.274s

MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR
COMPOUND	DRIVER			LAPS
HARD C1		Ocon			26
MEDIUM C2	Giovinazzi		25
SOFT C3		Grosjean, Ricciardo	19

TYRE STATISTICS OF THE DAY
 			HARD	MEDIUM	SOFT
Kms driven*		1490	2020	2279
Sets used overall**	20	25	34

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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