Pirelli F1 Abu Dhabi test days review

Pirelli F1 Abu Dhabi test days review

28.11.2018: ABU DHABI TEST – NOVEMBER 27-28, 2018 Mario Isola, Head of Car Racing – “The teams were able to get a useful initial read on the 2019 tyres during the two days of testing, with the entire range available, as well as all the 2018 tyres for com



ABU DHABI TEST – NOVEMBER 27-28, 2018
 
 

 
Mario Isola, Head of Car Racing –
“The teams were able to get a useful initial read on the 2019 tyres during the two days of testing, with the entire range available, as well as all the 2018 tyres for comparison. All the teams were able to define their own run plans and mostly choose whichever tyres they wanted to test, so it’s not been easy to draw any immediate conclusions on track.



We collected a lot of data, which we are just starting to go through now, and we will need to analyse this quickly because the compounds for Australia have to be decided in a week. At this time, we also aim to decide the compounds for the first five races of 2019. Initial feedback from the 2019 range is positive.



 In particular, the first important information we had from day one of the test was that the new compound 5 (equivalent to the 2018 hypersoft) is working as expected: similar to the 2018 hypersoft but with reduced graining from what we can see so far.



However, Abu Dhabi is not a circuit that features particularly high speed corners, so this is an important factor also to consider.





So far, we’re happy with what we’ve seen, and our intention is for these to be the definitive 2019 tyres. In theory we can still make some adjustments before the final homologation deadline on 1 December, but we hope not to do that. In the meantime, we’ll be studying the data carefully.”




 
BEST TIMES AND COMPOUNDS  



OVERALL – November 27-28

 

Leclerc Ferrari 1m36.450s (Day 2) COMPOUND 5 2019
Vettel Ferrari 1m36.812s (Day 1) HYPERSOFT 2018
Bottas Mercedes 1m37.231s (Day 1) COMPOUND 5 2019
Stroll Force India 1m37.415s (Day 1) HYPERSOFT 2018
Gasly Red Bull  1m37.916s (Day 2) COMPOUND 5 2019
Verstappen Red Bull 1m37.947s (Day 1) ULTRASOFT 2018
Perez Force India 1m37.976s (Day 1) COMPOUND 5 2019
Norris McLaren 1m38.187s (Day 1) COMPOUND 5 2019
Sainz McLaren 1m38.547s (Day 2) COMPOUND 5 2019
Markelov Renault 1m38.590s (Day 2) HYPERSOFT 2018
Hulkenberg Renault 1m38.789s (Day 1) HYPERSOFT 2018
Russell Williams 1m38.802s (Day 2) HYPERSOFT 2018
Kvyat Toro Rosso 1m38.862s (Day 2) COMPOUND 5 2019
Delétraz Haas 1m39.069s (Day 2) COMPOUND 5 2019
Fittipaldi Haas 1m39.201s (Day 1) HYPERSOFT 2018
Kubica Williams 1m39.269s (Day 1) COMPOUND 5 2019
Raikkonen Sauber 1m39.878s (Day 1) COMPOUND 5 2019
Gelael Toro Rosso 1m40.435s (Day 1) HYPERSOFT 2018
Giovinazzi Sauber 1m40.435s (Day 2) COMPOUND 5 2019


 
 
 
 
DAY 1 – November, 27

 
 
Vettel Ferrari 1m36.812s HYPERSOFT 2018
Bottas Mercedes 1m37.231s COMPOUND 5 2019
Stroll Force India 1m37.415s HYPERSOFT 2018
Verstappen Red Bull 1m37.947s ULTRASOFT 2018
Perez Force India 1m37.976s COMPOUND 5 2019
Norris McLaren 1m38.187s COMPOUND 5 2019
Hulkenberg Renault 1m38.789s HYPERSOFT 2018
Fittipaldi Haas 1m39.201s HYPERSOFT 2018
Kubica Williams 1m39.269s COMPOUND 5 2019
Russell Williams 1m39.512s COMPOUND 5 2019
Raikkonen Sauber 1m39.878s COMPOUND 5 2019
Gelael Toro Rosso 1m40.435s HYPERSOFT 2018

 


DAY 2 – November, 28

 


Leclerc Ferrari 1m36.450s COMPOUND 5 2019
Gasly Red Bull  1m37.916s COMPOUND 5 2019
Stroll Force India 1m38.044s HYPERSOFT 2018
Bottas Mercedes 1m38.448s COMPOUND 5 2019
Sainz McLaren 1m38.547s COMPOUND 5 2019
Markelov Renault 1m38.590s HYPERSOFT 2018
Russell Williams 1m38.802s HYPERSOFT 2018
Kvyat Toro Rosso 1m38.862s COMPOUND 5 2019
Delétraz Haas 1m39.069s COMPOUND 5 2019
Kubica Williams 1m40.265s HYPERSOFT 2018
Giovinazzi Sauber 1m40.435s COMPOUND 5 2019
 
 
 
 
 
Anthony Peacock  - photo Mercedes

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