Hamilton Fastest Ahead of #F1 Finale #AbudhabiGP #FP1 #FP2

LEWIS HAMILTON FASTEST IN FP2, RUN IN REPRESENTATIVE
CONDITIONS, USING THE ULTRASOFT ON ITS ABU DHABI DEBUT

AROUND 0.8 SECONDS SEPARATE SUPERSOFT FROM ULTRASOFT,
1.4 SECONDS COVERS ENTIRE SELECTION FROM SOFT TO ULTRASOFT

There was a high degree of track evolution on the Yas Marina circuit, especially during the FP1 session. This meant that a number of drivers set faster times on a harder compound compared to the softer ones that they ran previously, as conditions improved. However, by the late afternoon – when FP2 was run, at a similar time to qualifying and the race – track conditions had stabilised, meaning that representative times were set on each compound.

The FP2 session was held from 17:00, with track temperatures falling throughout the session by three degrees, and more than 10 degrees compared to FP1. As expected, the ultrasoft proved to be ultimately quickest, setting the fastest time of the day with Lewis Hamilton for Mercedes: 1m40.861s, more than a second quicker than last year’s FP2 time (set on supersoft).

The smooth nature of the surface and the varying track conditions meant that the speed differentials between the different compounds was reasonably small, compared to other tracks. So far, around 0.8 seconds separate the supersoft from the ultrasoft. Teams completed both race and qualifying simulations, with the top two Mercedes separated by just 0.079s.

GP ABU DHABI F1/2016

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes. Picture via Pirelli

FP1 – TIMES     FP2 – TIMES    
Hamilton 1m42.869s Soft New Hamilton 1m40.861s Ultrasoft new
Rosberg 1m43.243s Ultrasoft new Rosberg 1m40.940s Ultrasoft new
Verstappen 1m43.297s Soft new Vettel 1m41.130s Ultrasoft new

FP1 – BEST TIME PER COMPOUND

Soft Hamilton 1m42.869s
Supersoft Perez 1m44.155s
Ultrasoft Hamilton 1m43.051s

FP2 – BEST TIME PER COMPOUND

Soft Rosberg 1m42.294s
Supersoft Raikkonen 1m42.257s
Ultrasoft Hamilton 1m40.861s

MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND

Soft Wehrlein 28 laps
Supersoft Bottas 22
UItrasoft Gutierrez 20

Tyre statistics of the day:

  Soft Supersoft Ultrasoft
kms driven * 3631 988 1815
sets used overall ** 47 14 25
highest number of laps ** 28 22 20

* 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: 21.5 psi (fronts) 20 psi (rears)

GP ABU DHABI F1/2016

Floodlights. Picture via Pirelli

Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director: “As we expected, wear and degradation is reasonably high on the softest compounds, due to the high longitudinal acceleration and braking demands of this track. However, the pattern depends very much on the state of the track, which has been changing all day due to normal evolution and also falling temperatures in FP2. As a result, drivers are chasing a moving target when it comes to defining set-up and strategy, which adds an extra element to the challenge imposed by the championship finale. Already we have seen some of the run plans today influenced by the pre-event tyre choices from each driver, giving an insight into individual strategies.”