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2016 Hungarian Grand Prix – Practice Sessions

2016 Hungarian Grand Prix – Practice Sessions

ALL THREE SLICK TYRES PLUS INTERMEDIATES USED IN FREE PRACTICE FOR THE HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX

SOFT TO SUPERSOFT TYRES COVERED BY APPROXIMATELY 1.3 SECONDS

NEW ASPHALT LEADS TO A QUITE SLIPPERY SURFACE WITH CONSIDERABLE TRACK EVOLUTION DURING THE DAY

Hungaroring, July 22, 2016 – Overnight rain meant that the Cinturato Green intermediate tyre was used to start FP1 at the Hungaroring, with all three slick P Zero compounds – medium, soft and supersoft – seen on track during the rest of the day.

The biggest change to the tight and twisty Hungaroring compared to last year was the brand new track surface. The smoother surface was quite slippery, mainly due to a damp surface in the morning, but as expected it ultimately proved to be faster than the previous asphalt.

As a result, the pole position from 2015 was already beaten in FP1, with Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg going fastest of all in FP2 thanks to a time of 1m20.435s. In total, the gap from the hardest tyre nominated (medium) to the softest (supersoft) was just over two seconds, although with the medium tyre hardly used today it’s difficult to make an accurate prediction. The gap between soft and supersoft – the two tyres mainly used in free practice – is in the region of 1.3 seconds: a fact that will be absolutely crucial to formulating the optimal race strategy, together with the effect of tyre degradation.

Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director: “The teams completed all the due diligence that they needed today, throughout two free practice sessions that were made particularly important because of the new track surface. As expected, it was ‘green’ and slippery to begin with – not helped by the overnight rain – but we’ve seen a considerable improvement in lap times compared to 2015, with last year’s pole time already beaten in FP1. With qualifying being traditionally so crucial to the race result here, the set-up and tyre evaluation work that continues tomorrow will be of vital importance.”

FP1 – TIMES      FP2 – TIMES    
1. Hamilton 1m21.347s Supersoft new  1. Rosberg 1m20.435s Supersoft new
2. Rosberg 1m21.584s Supersoft new  2. Ricciardo 1m21.030s Supersoft new
3. Vettel 1m22.991s Supersoft new  3. Vettel 1m21.348s Supersoft new

FP1 – BEST TIME PER COMPOUND

Medium Leclerc 1m31.318s
Soft Rosberg 1m22.801s
Supersoft Hamilton 1m21.347s

FP2 – BEST TIME PER COMPOUND

Soft Hamilton 1m21.960s
Supersoft Rosberg 1m20.435s

MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND

Intermediate Nasr 6 laps
Medium Leclerc 6
Soft Raikkonen 31
Supersoft Vettel 22

Tyre statistics of the day:

  Medium Soft Supersoft Intermediate
kms driven * 26 3232 1974 179
sets used overall ** 1 52 34 22
highest number of laps ** 6 31 22 6

* 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: 19 psi (fronts) 18 psi (rears)

Pirelli fact of the day: Although the Hungaroring is viewed as a ‘modern’ circuit, it’s actually celebrating its 31st edition this year. It’s also one of the very few circuits to have maintained an uninterrupted presence on the F1 calendar since its inauguration.

Spotted in the paddock: Renault 90 CV. It wasn’t quite in the paddock, but Renault brought along the first car ever to win a ‘grand prix’ race, which was the Renault 90 CV that won the 1906 French Grand Prix in Le Mans driven by a Hungarian: Ferenc Szisz (Renault’s head of testing at the time). His winning average speed was 101kph, only around 70kph slower than the 170kph average that the top drivers managed today on the Hungaroring.

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