Pirelli F1 Bahrain Grand-Prix practices

Pirelli F1 Bahrain Grand-Prix practices

14.04.2017: - Much higher track temperatures than last year in both free

- Much higher track temperatures than last year in both free practices, with slippery conditions

- Ferrari's Sebastian Vettet fastest in both session, using soft tyre in FP1 then supersoft tyre in FP2

- Top three in Fp2 within the same tenth of a second




Track  temperatures  peaked  at  56  degrees  centigrade  during free practice today:some of the hottest conditions the P Zero Formula 1 tyres have ever run  in,  which  were more  than  20  degrees  hotter  than  last  yearin  Bahrain. 



This, combined  with  the  circuit  layout,  naturally  caused  an  increased  degree  of  thermal degradation.  



In   the more   representative   evening   conditions   of   FP2,   with   track temperatures of 37 degrees, the supersoft was around 1.5 seconds faster than the soft:a difference that is higher than expected.




MARIO ISOLA -HEAD OF CAR RACING



“We certainly saw some extreme conditions today as well as a track that was much more ‘green’ than usual. 


With  a  performance  difference  of  a  second  and  a  half  between  the two  compounds  and  greater  degradation  on  the  supersoft  than  that  seen  over  the  last two races, data analysis throughout the weekend will be particularly important to define the best race strategy.



We’ve seen the top three within the same tenth of a second, so it looks set to be a very close contest.


FREE PRACTICE


Vettel 1m 32 . 697 s SOFT NEW
Ricciardo 1m 33 .097 s SOFT NEW
Verstappen 1m33 . 566 s SOFT NEW





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

** Per compound, all drivers combined.



Roberto Boccafogli - photo Pirelli

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