Pirelli F1 Singapore Grand-Prix practice sessions review

Pirelli F1 Singapore Grand-Prix practice sessions review

15.09.2017: - All-time track record already broken in FP1 using the ultrasoft at the Marina Bay Circuit

- All-time track record already broken in FP1 using the ultrasoft at the Marina Bay Circuit

- Red Bull dominates both sessions, with Daniel Ricciardo going more than three seconds faster than last years's best FP2 time

-around a second between supersoft and ultrasoft compounds so far


 


The fastest-ever laps of the Marina Bay circuit were run today, with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo smashing the previous all-time record of 1m42.584s by more than two and a half seconds. This was thanks to a time of 1m40.852s on the P Zero Purple ultrasoft in FP2: 3.3 seconds faster than last year’s best FP2 time.



The ultrasoft compound has proved to be around a second faster than the supersoft so far, with a high degree of track evolution during FP1 after some mid-morning rain. Conditions for both sessions remained dry though with high humidity: typical of Singapore’s tricky and bumpy asphalt, with all three compounds used today.



MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING


“We’ve seen a very big increase in speed compared to last year, with the lap record already broken in FP1 and the fastest FP2 time more than three seconds quicker than last year’s equivalent.



In many ways, this isn’t much of a surprise as the 2017 tyres and regulations enhance cornering speeds specifically, and at 23 corners Marina Bay has more corners than any other track.



There’s a gap of around a second between the supersoft and ultrasoft so far; it’s a bit harder to assess the soft as there was less running on it today. However, if its pace is close enough to the supersoft, it could certainly come into play as a potential race tyre on Sunday.”





MINIMUM PRESCRIBED TYRE PRESSURE
S

18.5 psi (fronts) – 17.0 psi (rears)


COMPOUND DRIVER TIME


SUPERSOFT Hamilton 1m 44.236s
ULTRASOFT Ricciardo 1m 42.489s
COMPOUND DRIVER TIME
SOFT Hamilton 1m 42.505s
SUPERSOFT Verstappen 1m 42.077s
ULTRASOFT Ricciardo 1m 40.852s
COMPOUND DRIVER LAPS
SOFT Vettel 23
SUPERSOFT Grosjean-Perez-Verstappen 23
ULTRASOFT Ricciardo 26


Kms driven* 314 1856 3556
Sets used overall** 5 25 51



* The above number gives the total amount of kilometres driven in FP1 and FP2 today, all drivers combined.

** Per compound, all drivers combined.



Anthony Peacock - photo Pirelli

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