Pirelli F1 Bahrain GP practices review

Pirelli F1 Bahrain GP practices review

01.04.2016: 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix Practice Sessions - Lap record broken in Bahrain as times from 2015 improve

 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix – Practice Sessions



- Lap record broken in Bahrain as times from 2015 improve by more than five seconds in FP1, three seconds in FP2

- Performance gap of around 2.2 seconds between medium and supersof
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Following some rain on Thursday, conditions for free practice at the Bahrain International Circuit were relatively cool and windy, with track temperatures dropping as FP2 took place in the evening: at the same time as qualifying and the race.


The teams concentrated the majority of their set-up and tyre work into the second session, during which the race lap record established in 2005 was broken.


Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director: “An indication of how much the lap times have generally improved from last year comes from the fact that the slowest time in FP1 this afternoon would have been the fastest FP1 time last year.


Not only that but the race lap record was already broken in FP2. Conditions during FP2 are expected to be representative of qualifying and the race, so the teams have gathered plenty of data for what is looking like a race that will feature two, possibly three, pit stops for most competitors.


During FP2 we encountered a very small amount of graining, in the cool conditions with a high fuel load. The low working range supersoft appears to have a pace advantage of about one second over the soft, helped by the cool temperatures.”



FP1 – TIMES              FP2 – TIMES     

     
1. Rosberg    1m32.294s    soft new    1. Rosberg    1m31.001s     supersoft  new
2. Hamilton    1m32.799s    soft new    2. Hamilton    1m31.242s     supersoft  new
3. Raikkonen    1m34.128s    soft new    3. Button    1m32.281s     supersoft  new



FP1 – BEST TIME PER COMPOUND


MEDIUM    Vettel     1m35.073s
SOFT    Hamilton     1m32.294s
SUPERSOFT    Not run in FP1     



FP2 – BEST TIME PER COMPOUND


MEDIUM     Bottas     1m34.761s
SOFT     Rosberg     1m32.173s
SUPERSOFT     Rosberg     1m31.001s




LONGEST STINTS OF THE DAY


MEDIUM     Raikkonen     19
SOFT     Magnussen     19
SUPERSOFT     Ricciardo     13



Tyre statistics of the day:

     Medium    Soft    Supersoft


kms driven *    2101    3190    1343
sets used overall **    27    45    18
highest number of laps **    24    26    19


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



Minimum prescribed tyre pressures: 21.5psi (fronts) 19psi (rears)


Pirelli fact of the day: For Stoffel Vandoorne, who will start his first grand prix on Sunday, Bahrain is a place of auspicious debuts. The Belgian took his very first GP2 start in Bahrain in 2014 – and he went on to win the race. He qualified second on his Sakhir debut, before commencing a run of four consecutive GP2 poles.


Spotted in the paddock today: An extraordinary survivor: Nando Parrado. For those not familiar with him, the Uruguayan was one of just 16 people who walked out of the infamous 1972 Andes plane crash, playing an instrumental role in ensuring the rescue of his fellow Old Christians rugby team members by trekking through the mountains over a 10-day period to find help. After the crash he went on to become a professional racing driver, and is now a motivational speaker and television personality.

 
        
   
Anthony Peacock  - photo Pirelli

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