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2016 German Grand Prix – Practice Sessions

2016 German Grand Prix – Practice Sessions TEAMS CONCENTRATE ON SOFT AND SUPERSOFT TYRES DURINGFREE PRACTICE IN HOCKENHEIM

AROUND 1.5 SECONDS NOW SEPARATE THE TWO COMPOUNDS

TRACK TEMPERATURES NOT EXCEEDING 40 DEGREES IN FP2 WITH CHANGEABLE WEATHER STILL EXPECTED

Hockenheim, July 29, 2016 – The teams concentrated on the P Zero Red supersoft and P Zero Yellow soft compounds in Germany, with very little FP1 running on the medium tyre, which has also been nominated for the return to Hockenheim this weekend.

With around 1.5 seconds now separating these two compounds, the supersoft seems set to be the tyre that the frontrunners will qualify on tomorrow. This gap actually increased from the 1.3 seconds seen during FP1, probably because of the teams optimising their performance on the supersoft in the afternoon, as they concentrated on qualifying and race simulations.

These were two particularly important free practice sessions, as Hockenheim has not been on the Formula 1 calendar for two years, meaning that the teams had to rebuild their data based on the much more powerful current generation of cars. In the morning, the track proved to be slippery and some drivers experienced initial graining – but the majority of competitors still largely beat the equivalent times from the last Hockenheim FP1 session in 2014 and the best FP1 time was already more than a second faster than 2014 pole. A particularly significant result as this happened relying on exactly the same compounds (soft and supersoft) as those used two years ago: a new situation this year, as in the previous GPs we presented a softest choice than one year ago.

This trend continued in FP2, with the top six drivers actually faster than the 2014 pole time. Just as was the case in FP1, Nico Rosberg led home his Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton. Track temperatures did not exceed 40 degrees centigrade during FP2, but the changeable weather that characterises Hockenheim is expected to remain during the rest of the weekend – so we can expect an unpredictable race.

Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director: “With the drivers not having been to Hockenheim for a couple of years, today was really all about reacquainting themselves with the track and collecting data that was relevant to the current performance levels of the 2016 cars and tyres. Despite some changeable and slippery conditions – especially in the morning – the teams generally achieved their objectives and we’ve got a lot of data to look at now. It’s clear that the supersoft enjoys quite a notable performance advantage here, so naturally the teams have concentrated a lot on that, as well as maximising the opportunities offered by the soft tyres. However, there’s still quite a lot of learning and analysis still to be done.”

FP1 – TIMES       FP2 – TIMES    
1. Rosberg 1m15.517s Supersoft new  1. Rosberg 1m15.614s Supersoft new
2. Hamilton 1m15.843s Supersoft new  2. Hamilton 1m16.008s Supersoft new
3. Vettel 1m16.667s Supersoft new  3. Vettel 1m16.208s Supersoft new

FP1 – BEST TIME PER COMPOUND

Medium Hulkenberg 1m18.591s
Soft Rosberg 1m17.030s
Supersoft Rosberg 1m15.517s

FP2 – BEST TIME PER COMPOUND

Soft Hamilton 1m17.067s
Supersoft Rosberg 1m15.614s

LONGEST STINTS OF THE DAY

Medium Hulkenberg 21
Soft Vettel 33
Supersoft Magnussen 24

Tyre statistics of the day:

  Medium Soft Supersoft
kms driven * 352 3369 2875
sets used overall ** 14 42 42
highest number of laps ** 21 33 33

Minimum prescribed tyre pressures: 22,5 psi (front); 20 psi (rear)

Pirelli fact of the day: This is actually one of the busiest weekends of the year for Pirelli, with the Spa 24 Hours happening in Belgium, Rally Finland counting as a World Championship round, as well as rounds of the Pirelli World Challenge in Mid-Ohio and Ferrari Challenge in Sochi. The most tyres supplied at one event is at the Spa 24 Hours, where a total of 13,000 Pirelli tyres will be made available to the Blancpain GT and Lamborghini Super Trofeo drivers.

Spotted in the paddock: Mick Schumacher. The young Formula 4 star sports a legendary name…with both his father and his uncle having won the German Grand Prix in the past.

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