Hungarian GP: Pirelli Friday Practice Review


By Courtesy of Pirelli
August 3 2019

 
 Pirelli Hungarian GP Friday Practice Review
 
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WHAT WE LEARNED FROM FP1 AND FP2
* Although the Hungarian Grand Prix is normally associated with warm weather, today’s conditions were mixed, with intermittent light rain in both sessions that limited on-track running, as well as a brief red flag in FP2.
* All the nominated tyres for Hungary were used at various points during the day, with the exception of the Cinturato Blue full wet tyre.
* The quickest FP1 time was faster than the equivalent from last year, but the 2018 benchmark in FP2 wasn’t beaten due to the weather. The top three times in FP2 were set early in the afternoon session with the three different slick tyres: soft, medium and hard, in that order.
* The fastest overall time of the day was set by Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton in this morning’s FP1, using the soft.
* Track temperatures were down to under 30 degrees centigrade by the end of FP2, with ambient temperatures in the region of 24 degrees.
* On a short circuit such as the Hungaroring, the difference between the compounds is never especially big. There’s a very approximate difference of around 0.7 seconds between soft and medium, with an estimated gap of 0.5 seconds between medium and hard. However, the limited running made it hard to get an accurate read.

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“Today it’s difficult to draw too many detailed conclusions about the weekend ahead, especially when conditions have been so mixed. Except at the start of the session, in FP2 the conditions were a bit too wet for slicks but a bit too dry for intermediates: one reason why there was comparatively limited running. The drivers will have an extra set of Cinturato Green intermediate tyres for tomorrow, after the wet running today, and they were able to learn something about the intermediates later in FP2. Nonetheless, we also saw some quicker runs in the morning on slick tyres as well as longer race runs, acquiring data that should contribute to a more accurate picture tomorrow as we head into qualifying. The teams were additionally able to gather some ideas about crossover points from slicks to inters and vice versa. All three slick tyres were used at various points today, and the indications so far suggest that all three will also be useful race tyres, depending of course on the weather – which still holds a question mark for the rest of the weekend.”

 
FREE PRACTICE 1 – TOP 3 TIMES
DRIVER		TIME		COMPOUND
Hamilton	1m17.233s	SOFT C4 NEW
Verstappen	1m17.398s	SOFT C4 USED
Vettel	1	m17.399s	SOFT C4 NEW

FREE PRACTICE 2 – TOP 3 TIMES
DRIVER		TIME		COMPOUND
Gasly		1m17.854s	SOFT C4 USED
Verstappen	1m17.909s	MEDIUM C3 USED
Hamilton	1m17.995s	HARD C2 USED

FP1 - BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
COMPOUND	DRIVER		TIME
HARD C2		-		-
MEDIUM C3	Hamilton	1m17.459s
SOFT C4		Hamilton	1m17.233s

FP2 - BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
COMPOUND	DRIVER		TIME
HARD C2		Hamilton	1m17.995s
MEDIUM C3	Verstappen	1m17.909s
SOFT C4		Gasly		1m17.854s
INTERMEDIATE	Bottas		1m32.357s

MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR
COMPOUND	DRIVER				LAPS
HARD C2		Hamilton			12
MEDIUM C3	Stroll				23
SOFT C4		Norris, Russell			24
INTERMEDIATE	Giovinazzi, Raikkonen, Vettel	15

TYRE STATISTICS OF THE DAY
 			HARD	MEDIUM	SOFT	SOFT
Kms driven*		214	661	2295	753
Sets used overall**	6	13	41	20

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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