2016 United States Grand Prix – Practice Sessions
SUPERSOFT TYRES SET THE TOP TIMES IN AUSTIN
ON THEIR FIRST VISIT TO THE CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS
SIGNIFICANT TEMPERATURE FLUCTUATIONS DURING THE DAY
ADD TO THE CHALLENGE OF COLLECTING RELEVANT DATA
ONE SECOND BETWEEN SOFT AND SUPERSOFT SEEN SO FAR,
WITH THE MEDIUM TYRE ALSO AN INTERESTING OPTION FOR THE RACE
Austin, October 21, 2016 – On its first visit to the Circuit of the Americas, the supersoft tyre has gone quickest in free practice, with Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg setting a fastest time of 1m37.358s early in the afternoon session.
Conditions in FP1 were cool and so not very representative. In FP2 track temperatures were considerably higher (peaking at 41 degrees centigrade). This is typical of Austin, where temperature swings at this time of year are commonplace.
The supersoft and soft tyres are separated by one second so far, with the supersoft, as expected, experiencing greater degradation. This means that the first stint for those starting the race on supersoft tyres might be quite short: potentially encouraging some teams to try and start the race on the soft tyre by running it in Q2 tomorrow.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director: “From what we can see so far there is around a one-second performance gap between the supersoft and the soft in these conditions. The medium compound is also about a second slower than the soft, which makes it quite an interesting choice for the race. We saw a high degree of track evolution compared to 2014, with rain dominating the conditions last year. There seem to be a number of strategy options: especially because this is a track that you can overtake on.”
|FP1 – TIMES||FP2 – TIMES|
|Hamilton||1m37.428s||Soft New||Rosberg||1m37.358s||Supersoft New|
|Rosberg||1m37.743s||Soft New||Ricciardo||1m37.552s||Supersoft New|
|Verstappen||1m39.379s||Medium New||Hamilton||1m37.649s||Supersoft New|
FP1 – BEST TIME PER COMPOUND
FP2 – BEST TIME PER COMPOUND
LONGEST STINTS OF THE DAY
Tyre statistics of the day:
|kms driven *||1808||2706||1984|
|sets used overall **||21||38||31|
|highest number of laps **||26||23||18|
* 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: 21psi (front) and 19,5psi (rear)
Pirelli fact of the day: Leaving aside the 11 editions of the Indy 500 that were also valid for the Formula 1 World Championship between 1950 and 1960, the United States grands prix to be held up to now have been distributed over 9 different circuits (with Indianapolis once again used between 2000 and 2007, and with Long Beach earlier hosting the West US Gp). Other US circuits welcomed F1, for instance Las Vegas for the so named Grand Prix. However, no American has ever won on home soil apart from Mario Andretti, who triumphed at Long Beach with Lotus in 1977. For more info: http://racing.pirelli.com/
Spotted in the paddock: Tony Stewart. The only driver to win a championship both in NASCAR and Indycar was a guest of the Haas team, of which he is a partner in the outfit’s NASCAR operation, Stewart-Haas Racing.