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Pirelli – MEXICAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

#MexicanGP

MEXICAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

Round 18 of 20

Mexico City, 27-29 October 2017


 

Milan, October 23, 2017 – Like the United States Grand Prix that has just taken place, the tyres brought to Mexico will be the P Zero Yellow soft, P Zero Red supersoft and P Zero Purple ultrasoft (which reverts to its usual colour after turning pink in Austin!).

The Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, named after Mexico’s famous racing brothers, is one of the quickest tracks of the year, and – as has been the case on a few occasions already this season – it’s the first time that the ultrasoft has been nominated there. With the race only returning to the calendar two years ago, expect to see more lap records broken this weekend.

 

THE THREE NOMINATED COMPOUNDS

 

 

THE CIRCUIT FROM A TYRE POINT OF VIEW

  • Surface is quite smooth and slippery, reducing tyre wear and degradation despite the high speeds (372kph was seen in 2016).
  • Weather can be a question mark in Mexico City at this time of year: anything is possible.
  • As well as the fast corners, there is also a well-known slow and technical stadium section: an interesting mix of old and
  • Most drivers went for one stop last year, including the winner, Lewis
  • Pit lane is the longest of the year, increasing the stop time and so influencing strategy.

 

 

MARIO ISOLA – HEAD OF CAR RACING

“In Mexico, we again maintain our principle of bringing softer compounds than last year whenever possible, in the pursuit of increased performance and more exciting races. This is actually the second consecutive year that we are bringing a new tyre to Mexico, as last year the supersoft was nominated there for the first time. Only two races have been run on the current version of the track before, so it’s not one of the venues that the teams are most familiar with. This means that there will be some learning to do with the ultrasoft in particular during free practice”.

 

 

 

WHAT’S NEW?

  • The ultrasoft tyre comes to Mexico City for the very first time and has proved very popular: many drivers have selected the maximum number of 10
  • Following the support for Susan G.Komen® foundation in the United States, the charitable focus this weekend will be the victims of the Mexico City earthquake earlier this
  • Italy’s Paolo Andreucci recently clinched a remarkable 10th Italian Rally Championship title, using Pirelli tyres on his Peugeot Italia 208

 

AUTÓDROMO HERMANOS RODRÍGUEZ MINIMUM STARTING PRESSURES (SLICKS)

 

 

21.0 psi (front) – 19.5 psi (rear)

 

EOS  CAMBER LIMIT

 

 

-3.50° (front) | -2.00° (rear)

 

 

 

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2017 Malaysian Grand Prix – Sets available for the race

Infographics

 By Courtesy of PIRELLI  

 

 


Wet or dry?



 

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Sepang International Circuit, Sepang, Malaysia.
Saturday 30 September 2017.
Romain Grosjean, Haas VF-17.
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2017 Singapore Grand Prix – Sets available for the race

Infographics

 

 

#SingaporeGP 2017

 


 

 

RACE FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX RACE TIME
14 12:00 GMT
Position Driver Nationality Team Point
1 25
2 18
3 15
4 12
5 10
6 8
7 6
8 4
9 2
10 1 Circuit Name : Marina Bay Street Circuit
Established : 2008
Pole Position Capacity : 110 000
Sebastian Vettel Germany Ferrari Circuit Type : Street
Circuit Length : 5.073 kms
Past Winners Number of Laps : 61
2016 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Starting Grid : 1 Race Distance : 309.316 kms
2015 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Starting Grid : 1 Circuit Direction : Anti-clockwise
2014 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Starting Grid : 1 Circuit Turns : 23
2013 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Starting Grid : 1 Lap Record : 1:45.599 – Kimi Raikkonen (2008)
2012 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Starting Grid : 3
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Renault Sport Formula One Team – Test day two

Robert Kubica making a return to his first official Formula 1 test session in over six years.

 


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2017 Hungarian Grand Prix – Sets available for the race

#HungarianGP 2017

 


 

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Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary.
Saturday 29 July 2017.
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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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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.


 




 

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Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Sunday 25 June 2017.
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2017 Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix, Saturday

Jolyon wasn’t able to match Nico’s pace so he will have more work to do in the race.

 

 

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Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Renault Sport F1 Team RS17.
Canadian Grand Prix, Saturday 10th June 2017. Montreal, Canada.


 

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2017 Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix, Friday

Renault Sport Formula One Team ended the first day of practice for the Grand Prix du Canada just shy of the top ten with Nico Hülkenberg posting the twelfth fastest time of the day, a 1min 14.604secs.

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Renault Sport Formula One Team ended the first day of practice for the Grand Prix du Canada just shy of the top ten with Nico Hülkenberg posting the twelfth fastest time of the day, a 1min 14.604secs. Both Nico and Jolyon Palmer had trouble-free days running through standard FP1 and FP2 programmes at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montréal.
Alan Permane, Sporting Director – Technical programme notes
In FP1, Nico and Jolyon both used Pirelli’s Soft (yellow) and Supersoft (red) tyres.
In FP2 Jolyon and Nico ran with the Supersoft and the Ultrasoft (purple) tyres.

What we learned today:
A strong array of vital set-up and tyre data.

Nico Hülkenberg, #27, R.S.17-02
Free practice 1: P15, 1:16.473, 27 laps
Free practice 2: P12, 1:14.604, 38 laps

Nico: “That was a standard Friday for us and we did everything we needed to do. As ever, I think we can make some more improvements to the car ahead of qualifying tomorrow and I’m confident there’s a bit more pace to come from me too. It was great to get out on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in this car, as it’s one of my very favourite circuits.”

Jolyon Palmer, #30, R.S.17-03
Free practice 1: P18, 1:17.004, 26 laps
Free practice 2: P16, 1:15.127, 40 laps

Jo: “We had to chase balance a bit at the start of the day, but that’s normal on a green, temporary circuit. We made good progress through the sessions and we learnt a decent amount about both set-up and the tyres. There’s certainly a better feeling from the Ultrasoft tyres, which you’d expect. There’s more to come and I’m really looking forward to qualifying.”

Nick Chester, Technical Director: “We completed full programs with both cars covering set-up and aerodynamic comparisons. As expected, the track was dirty at the start of the day, which meant a struggle for grip and balance. We made progress on set-up for the afternoon and these, in conjunction with the track improvement, leave us reasonably happy with our day’s work. There’s a bit more to come in terms of pace from both car and drivers, so the top ten is certainly our target for tomorrow.”

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Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Renault Sport F1 Team RS17.
Canadian Grand Prix, Friday 9th June 2017. Montreal, Canada.

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Monaco GP 2017 – Qual

What a fantastic qualifying, really loved this one. #KingKimi

Post photo courtesy of : 'Force India F1 Team'

Result from Formula1.com

1 7 Kimi Räikkönen FERRARI 1:13.117 1:12.231 1:12.178 23
2 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 1:13.090 1:12.449 1:12.221 23
3 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 1:13.325 1:12.901 1:12.223 30
4 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 1:13.078 1:12.697 1:12.496 24
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 1:13.219 1:13.011 1:12.998 21
6 55 Carlos Sainz TORO ROSSO 1:13.526 1:13.397 1:13.162 30
7 11 Sergio Perez FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 1:13.530 1:13.430 1:13.329 23
8 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 1:13.786 1:13.203 1:13.349 29
9 22 Jenson Button MCLAREN HONDA 1:13.723 1:13.453 1:13.613 27
10 2 Stoffel Vandoorne MCLAREN HONDA 1:13.476 1:13.249 20
11 26 Daniil Kvyat TORO ROSSO 1:13.899 1:13.516 19
12 27 Nico Hulkenberg RENAULT 1:13.787 1:13.628 21
13 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 1:13.531 1:13.959 20
14 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:13.640 1:14.106 18
15 19 Felipe Massa WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:13.796 1:20.529 20
16 31 Esteban Ocon FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 1:14.101 7
17 30 Jolyon Palmer RENAULT 1:14.696 11
18 18 Lance Stroll WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:14.893 7
19 94 Pascal Wehrlein SAUBER FERRARI 1:15.159 11
20 9 Marcus Ericsson SAUBER FERRARI 1:15.276 11


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Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 VJM10.
Monaco Grand Prix, Thursday 25th May 2017. Monte Carlo, Monaco.


 

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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

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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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Spanish GP 2017 – Result from FP3

Results from Formula1.com

I find this mix very interesting, really looking forward to the qualifying later today.


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Spanish Grand Prix, Friday 12th May 2017. Barcelona, Spain.


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