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Pirelli Race Report

BRITISH GRAND PRIX RACE

BRITISH GRAND PRIX RACE
HAMILTON WINS BRITISH GRAND PRIX FROM POLE WITH A ONE-STOP
SUPERSOFT-SOFT STRATEGY
HIS TEAM MATE VALTTERI BOTTAS USES AN ALTERNATIVE STRATEGY WITH A
LONG FIRST STINT ON SOFT BEFORE CHANGING TO SUPERSOFT
FERRARI TYRE ISSUE TWO LAPS FROM A HARD-FOUGHT FINISH CURRENTLY
UNDER INVESTIGATION TOGETHER WITH THE TEAM


Silverstone, July 16, 2017 – A dominant performance from Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton means that he now equals the record for the most number of wins at the British Grand Prix. Hamilton won from pole after starting on supersoft and moving onto softs without losing the lead. The same supersoft-soft strategy was adopted by most of the other drivers. An exception was his Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas who ran the opposite strategy by starting on the soft, gaining track position as others stopped, and then changing to the faster supersoft to make up more places at the end of the race. Close to the finish of the Grand Prix, Ferrari experienced two issues on the front-left tyres of both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. This caused a late pit stop for Raikkonen, who still finished on the podium, and Vettel to finish the race at reduced speed. The reasons behind this are currently being looked at together with the team. Silverstone is one of the most demanding circuits of the year in terms of energy loads, with cars subjected to forces in excess of 5g. Nonetheless, the supersoft tyre, making its debut at the British Grand Prix, stood up well to these demands. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, for example, started 19th on the grid after a penalty but ran a long opening supersoft stint to eventually finish fifth.

 

MARIO ISOLA – HEAD OF CAR RACING
“The British Grand Prix contained a sting in the tail for the two Ferrari drivers, with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen both, unfortunately, experienced a tyre issue close to the hard-fought finish; that’s a real pity and we’ll obviously now look into exactly why this happened together with the team. The race was run at an incredible pace this year, with the fastest lap being nearly five seconds faster than the 2016 equivalent.”

 

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2017 British Grand Prix – Sets available for the race

#BritishGP 2017

2017 British Grand Prix – Sets available for the race

 





Post photo –  Courtesy of Sauber F1 Team

 

Marcus Ericsson (SWE), Sauber F1 Team.
Silverstone Circuit.

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Pirelli – BRITISH GRAND PRIX PRACTICE SESSIONS

#BritishGP 2017

 


 

 

 


Post photo courtesy of Pirelli:

Silverstone, Northamptonshire, UK.
Friday 14 July 2017.
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes F1 W08 EQ Power+.
World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Images
ref: Digital Image _31I2973

 


And one from Renault Sport:

Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Renault Sport F1 Team RS17.
British Grand Prix, Friday 14th July 2017. Silverstone, England.

Courtesy of Renault Sport

 

 

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Pirelli – AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

Looks like it can be a dry FP1 and a wet FP2, interesting.

The Red Bull Ring has some characteristics in common with the succession of low-grip circuits that have come immediately before it, with a slippery surface and relatively contained lateral forces. As opposed to Azerbaijan, Canada and Monaco, it’s an entirely permanent venue: a chopped down version of the mythical Osterreichring. This gives the track an old-school feel, and a lot of it is visible from any vantage point; it’s one of the shortest laps of the year. The three softest tyres in Pirelli’s Formula 1 range will be used in Austria: P Zero Yellow soft, P Zero Red supersoft and P Zero Purple ultrasoft. These should be well-suited to the rollercoaster Spielberg layout, providing the right compromise between warm-up, performance and durability.

 

 

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Azerbaijan GP Pirelli infographics, and a Tweet …

Azerbaijan Grand Prix Race – Infographics




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Pirelli race review – Azerbaijan GP 2017

LAST YEAR’S RACE LAP RECORD BROKEN BY MORE THAN THREE SECONDS,
ON SUPERSOFT TYRES

 

 

AZERBAIJAN GRAND PRIX RACE
LAST YEAR’S RACE LAP RECORD BROKEN BY MORE THAN THREE SECONDS,
ON SUPERSOFT TYRES
DANIEL RICCIARDO WINS A CHAOTIC RACE WITH STRATEGY
DICTATED BY INCIDENTS AND STOPPAGES

 


 

BakuJune 25, 2017 – A dramatic Azerbaijan Grand Prix was characterised by multiple safety cars and an extended red flag period in the middle of the race to sweep up debris from earlier incidents. This meant that the one-stop strategy that would have been adopted by all the leading runners went out of the window, and instead, teams had to react to changing circumstances. Nearly every driver made what they thought would probably be their sole pit stop under the safety car on lap 13. But under red flag conditions on lap 22 teams were allowed to change tyres, which meant that the race concluded with a 29-lap sprint to the flag, with all the drivers then using supersoft tyres. Through all these incidents Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo emerged as the winner, while another stand-out performance was from Valtteri Bottas, who went from last to second, also using supersoft for most of the race.

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MARIO ISOLA – HEAD OF CAR RACING
“It was an eventful and dramatic race, during which the best strategy consisted of reacting to events rather than following a pre-determined plan. The supersoft demonstrated both durability and performance, as shown by a race lap record that was more than three seconds faster than last year.”

 

 

TRUTHOMETER
The one-stop strategy was discarded as soon as the red flag came out; otherwise, most drivers looked set to implement it by stopping under the safety car from lap 13. With a free choice of tyres for the second half of the race, they all ran on the supersoft to the flag, making it effectively a two-stopper. Ricciardo followed a slightly different pattern to most: he started on supersoft, switched to soft on lap six while dealing with a technical issue, emerging 16th, then went back to supersoft after the red flag.


 




 

Post photo – BY COURTESY OF PIRELLI

 

Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Sunday 25 June 2017.
World Copyright: Zak Mauger/LAT Images
ref: Digital Image _54I4953

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Pirelli Qualifying Notes – Spanish GP 2017

SPANISH GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING

SPANISH GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING
MERCEDES DRIVER LEWIS HAMILTON TAKES POLE ON SOFT TYRES,
BEATING HIS BENCHMARK OF LAST YEAR BY NEARLY THREE SECONDS
TRACK TEMPERATURES EXCEED 44 DEGREES
IN SPANISH GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING
TWO PIT STOPS EXPECTED FOR THE MAJORITY OF DRIVERS TOMORROW

Montmelo, May 13, 2017 – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton went fastest in hot conditions during qualifying at the Spanish Grand Prix, setting a time that was nearly three seconds faster than his pole position from 2016.
Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull were the only teams to get through Q1 using only one set of the soft tyres.
From then on, only the soft tyre was used – so this is the tyre that the top 10 will start the
race on, with two pit stops expected for most drivers. Fernando Alonso qualified seventh for his home grand prix after completing just one run on the soft in Q3, along with Williams driver Felipe Massa and the two Force Indias.

MARIO ISOLA – HEAD OF CAR RACING
“We had an extremely close qualifying session, with very small margins between the contenders. I think we can expect two pit stops tomorrow, as the performance gap between the medium and soft means that the drivers will all want to maximise their running on the softer compound. As a result, we’d expect at least two stints on the soft for as long as possible, with just one stint on the slower medium.”

 

 

FREE PRACTICE 3 – TOP 3 TIMES

DRIVER TIME COMPOUND
Raikkonen 1m 20.214s SOFT NEW
Vettel 1m 20.456s SOFT NEW
Hamilton 1m 20.595s SOFT NEW

QUALIFYING TOP 10

DRIVER TIME COMPOUND
Hamilton 1m 19.149s SOFT NEW
Vettel 1m 19.200s SOFT NEW
Bottas 1m 19.373s SOFT NEW
Raikkonen 1m 19.439s SOFT NEW
Verstappen 1m 19.706s SOFT NEW
Ricciardo 1m 20.175s SOFT NEW
Alonso 1m 21.048s SOFT NEW
Perez 1m 21.070s SOFT NEW
Massa 1m 21.232s SOFT NEW
Ocon 1m 21.272s SOFT NEW

MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR

COMPOUND DRIVER LAPS
HARD Ocon 14
MEDIUM Massa, Vettel 26
SOFT Bottas 28

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND SO FAR

COMPOUND DRIVER TIME
HARD Hamilton 1m 23.531s
MEDIUM Hamilton 1m 21.521s
SOFT Hamilton 1m 19.149s

Post photo – BY COURTESY OF PIRELLI

Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Saturday 13 May 2017. World Copyright: Andy Hone/LAT Images

Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.
Saturday 13 May 2017.


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