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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
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Tyre Sets available for the 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix

Tyre Sets available for the 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix

Tyre Sets available for the 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix:

 


˜BY COURTESY OF PIRELLI"

BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING

VALTTERI BOTTAS CLAIMS HIS FIRST POLE FOR MERCEDES AND SAVES A NEW SET OF SUPERSOFT TYRES

TWO-STOP STRATEGY LIKELY TOMORROW, DEPENDING ON TRACK CONDITIONS

FASTEST-EVER LAP OF SAKHIR CIRCUIT SET IN Q3


Sakhir, April 15, 2017  The fastest-ever lap of the Bahrain International Circuit was set tonight thanks to Valtteri Bottas pole time of 1m28.769s for Mercedes on the supersoft tyre. Conditions remained warm, with track temperatures of 37 degrees centigrade for the evening qualifying session. Bottas was one of three drivers, together with Hamilton and Vettel, to save a set of supersoft tyres by using only one set of soft tyres in Q1.

 

MARIO ISOLA – HEAD OF CAR RACING

Today we saw the fastest-ever lap of Bahrain in qualifying, using the supersoft tyre. Depending on track conditions tomorrow, drivers might opt for a one-stop or a two-stop strategy. Theres still enough of a time difference between the soft and the supersoft tyre to make some variations in strategy possible. As the teams seem very closely matched in terms of race pace, this could well make the difference.

 

 

 


FREE PRACTICE 3  TOP 3 TIMES

 

DRIVER

 

TIME

 

COMPOUND

Verstappen 1m 32.194s SUPERSOFT NEW
Hamilton 1m 32.304s SUPERSOFT NEW
Vettel 1m 32.750s SUPERSOFT USED

 

 

QUALIFYING TOP 10

 

DRIVER

 

TIME

 

COMPOUND

Bottas 1m 28.769s SUPERSOFT NEW
Hamilton 1m 28.792s SUPERSOFT NEW
Vettel 1m 29.247s SUPERSOFT NEW
Ricciardo 1m 29.545s SUPERSOFT NEW
Raikkonen 1m 29.567s SUPERSOFT NEW
Verstappen 1m 29.687s SUPERSOFT NEW
Hulkenberg 1m 29.842s SUPERSOFT NEW
Massa 1m 30.074s SUPERSOFT NEW
Grosjean 1m 30.763s SUPERSOFT NEW
Palmer 1m 31.074s SUPERSOFT NEW

 

MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR

 

COMPOUND

 

DRIVER

 

LAPS

MEDIUM Ocon, Ricciardo, Stroll 12
SOFT Stroll 26
SUPERSOFT Ericsson 26

 

 

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND SO FAR

 

COMPOUND

 

DRIVER

 

TIME

MEDIUM Hamilton 1m 36.708s
SOFT Hamilton 1m 30.814s
SUPERSOFT Bottas 1m 28.769s
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