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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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Race 6 Hours of Silverstone FIA WEC Final Classification

#WEC #6hSilverstone 2017


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finish line / #8 TOYOTA GAZOO RACING / JPN / Toyota TS050 – Hybrid – Hybrid FIA WEC 6 Hours of Silverstone – Silverstone Circuit – Towcester – United Kingdom


 

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Qualifying result for the FIA WEC 6 Hours of Silverstone

FIA WEC 6 Hours of Silverstone Qualifying Provisional Classification

 

 


 

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Practice 2 – #7 TOYOTA GAZOO RACING / JPN / Toyota TS050 – Hybrid – Hybrid – FIA WEC 6 Hours of Silverstone – Silverstone Circuit – Towcester – United Kingdom

 


 

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Full time schedule for the 6 hours of Silverstone

6 hours of Silverstone – 2017

 


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#98 ASTON MARTIN RACING / GBR / Aston Martin V8 Vantage – FIA WEC 6 Hours of Silverstone – Silverstone Circuit – Towcester – United Kingdom

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Saturday time schedule – 6 hours of Silverstone

2017 – 6 hours of Silverstone


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Practice 1 – #7 TOYOTA GAZOO RACING / JPN / Toyota TS050 – Hybrid – Hybrid – FIA WEC 6 Hours of Silverstone – Silverstone Circuit – Towcester – United Kingdom

 


 

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Pirelli Race Note – British Grand Prix 2016

RACE BEGINS BEHIND SAFETY CAR ON A DRYING TRACK AFTER DOWNPOUR BEFORE THE START

 

 

CINTURATO WET AND INTERMEDIATE, AS WELL AS P ZERO SLICK
TYRES, USED ON ONE OF THE MOST DEMANDING TRACKS OF THE YEAR

Silverstone, July 10, 2016 – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has won home grand prix for the fourth time, using three different Pirelli tyre compounds. The British Grand Prix was subjected to a torrential downpour 15 minutes before the beginning of the race, which meant that the start took place behind the safety car with all the drivers on Cinturato Blue full wet tyres.

When the safety car came in after five laps, a number of drivers went straight onto the Cinturato Green intermediate, while the leaders took advantage of a virtual safety car to switch to the intermediate shortly afterwards.

The crossover point – where it becomes quicker to move onto slick tyres rather than stay on inters – was chosen by most teams from lap 15 (when Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was the first to pit) to lap 18 of 52. The timing of the pit stops became crucial, because of the potential to gain plenty of time through being on exactly the right tyre at the right time. With the race having started in wet conditions, there was no longer the obligation to run at least two slick compounds.

Unusually, by the halfway point of the race, all the drivers still running chose exactly the same pattern of tyre usage: wet, intermediate, then medium. Most drivers ran on the medium all the way to the end, making it a two-stop race. This strategy was adopted by the top 10 finishers, with around 10 seconds separating the top three all the way to the finish. The highest-placed three-stopper was Williams driver Felipe Massa, who made a late stop for the soft tyre.

Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director: “The long-threatened rain finally materialised just before the race start, which clearly altered the complexion of the race and tyre strategy entirely, especially as there was then a lengthy safety car period. As a result we had a drying track with all the drivers moving progressively from wet to intermediate to slick: the timing of these stops being crucial. There was a close battle for the top positions all the way to the finish of a race that demonstrated every variety of conditions and weather that Britain is renowned for, but the drivers were able to push all the way to the chequered flag.”

Fastest times of the day by compound

Medium Soft Wet Intermediate
First Ros   1m35.548s Mas 1m36.141s Ham 1m56.218s Ves  1m47.479s
Second Alo    1m35.669s Mag 1m37.619s Ros  1m58.586s Ham 1m50.649s
Third Ham  1m35.771s Ves  1m59.064s Ric   1m51.040s

Longest stint of the race:

Medium Vettel 37 laps
Soft Massa 13
Wet Rosberg, Ericsson, Perez, Nasr, Verstappen, Hamilton 7
Inter Alonso, Magnussen, Gutierrez, Hulkenberg, Sainz 12

Truthometer: The rain meant that strategy predictions went out of the window and drivers had to react to changing track conditions as the surface dried out. Hamilton led from the start and stopped on lap seven for intermediates, then lap 17 for medium slicks.

 


 

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British Grand Prix – Selected tyre sets per driver

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The FIA communicated to Pirelli each team’s tyre choices for the forthcoming British Grand Prix (Silverstone 8-10 July).

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Tyre choices for the forthcoming British Grand Prix (Silverstone 8-10 July).

The FIA communicated to Pirelli each team’s tyre choices for the forthcoming British Grand Prix (Silverstone 8-10 July).

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Great Britain GP timetable

“I absolutely love my home race,” says Englishman Jenson Button. “Silverstone is a great challenge and some of the corners are the best in Formula One, particularly at the start of the lap. Away from the track, there isn’t much to do, but it doesn’t matter because I love racing at home.”

From Formula1.com

THURSDAY 7th JULY
Formula One Press Conference – Press Room 15:00
Promoter Activity 3 Day Ticket Holders Pit Lane Walk (Prize Winners Only) 15:15 – 19:00
FRIDAY 8th JULY
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 08:45 – 09:45
Formula One Practice 1 10:00 – 11:30
Air Display RAF Falcons Parachute Display 11:35 – 11:45
GP2 Series Practice Session 12:00 – 12:45
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 12:50 – 13:45
Formula One Practice 2 14:00 – 15:30
GP2 Series Qualifying Session 15:55 – 16:25
Formula One Press Conference – Press Room 16:00 – 17:00
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Practice Session 16:45 – 17:30
GP3 Series Practice Session 17:50 – 18:35
SATURDAY 9th JULY
Formula One Team Pit Stop Practice 07:30 – 08:15
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 07:30 – 08:35
GP3 Series Qualifying Session 08:45 – 09:15
Formula One Practice 3 10:00 – 11:00
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Qualifying Session 11:25 – 11:55
Air Display Typhoon Air Display 12:00 – 12:08
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 12:00 – 12:45
Formula One Qualifying 13:00 – 14:00
GP2 Series First Race (29 Laps or 60 Mins) 14:40 – 15:45
GP3 Series First Race (20 Laps or 40 Mins) 16:20 – 17:05
Promoter Activity Drivers’ Fan Forum 17:30 – 18:00
SUNDAY 10th JULY
GP3 Series Second Race (15 Laps or 30 Mins) 08:15 – 08:50
GP2 Series Second Race (21 Laps or 45 Mins) 09:25 – 10:15
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Race (13 Laps or 30 Mins) 10:35 – 11:10
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 11:15 – 12:05
Formula One Drivers’ Track Parade 11:30
Formula One Starting Grid Presentation 11:45 – 12:15
Air Display The Red Arrows 12:20
Formula One National Anthem 12:46
Air Display The Red Arrows Fly Past 12:47
Formula One Grand Prix (52 Laps or 120 Mins) 13:00 – 15:00



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