#SpanishGP Mercedes Top #FP1 #FP2

Mercedes topped the time sheets ahead of Ferrari and Red Bull during the two free practice sessions today, both on the medium and the soft tyres.

The hard and the medium tyres only were used during FP1, with the teams then moving onto the soft tyres in the more representative conditions of FP2. Although yesterday was affected by rain, washing the surface clean of rubber that had been laid down before, conditions were dry and warm today, with FP2 finishing in 27 degrees ambient and 42 degrees on track.
Much more than 1.5 seconds has been seen so far between the medium and soft tyres, but track conditions were slower in the afternoon than the morning, mainly due to variable gusts of wind: a well-known phenomenon in Barcelona. This meant that the actual performance gap was difficult to assess. As usual, the surface was ‘green’ and slippery in the morning, but is still evolving with more rubber being laid down.

MARIO ISOLA – HEAD OF CAR RACING- PIRELLI

“The quite strong and variable gusts of wind have made it tricky for the teams to set consistent times during FP2; added to the interruption with the red flag towards the end that stopped the long runs, it hasn’t been easy to put together some reliable data so far.

However, we’ve seen a gap of about 1.8 seconds between the hard and medium in FP1, and there is expected to be an eventual performance gap of more than 1.5 seconds between medium and soft. These two will be the race tyres, and as expected we’ve seen some degradation on both. Understanding this more precisely will be the key to the race strategy.”

FREE PRACTICE 1 – TOP 3 TIMES

Driver Time Compound
Lewis Hamilton 1m 21.521s Medium New
Valtteri Bottas 1m 21.550s Medium New
Kimi Raikkonen 1m 22.456s Medium New

FREE PRACTICE 2 – TOP 3 TIMES

Driver Time Compound
Lewis Hamilton 1m 20.802s Soft New
Valtteri Bottas 1m 20.892s Soft New
Kimi Raikkonen 1m 21.112s Soft New

FP1 – BEST TIME BY COMPOUND

Driver Time Compound
Lewis Hamilton 1m 23.531s Hard
Lewis Hamilton 1m 21.521s Medium

FP2 – BEST TIME BY COMPOUND

Driver Time Compound
Valtteri Bottas 1m 23.062s Medium
Lewis Hamilton 1m 20.802s Soft

MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR

Driver Laps Compound
Esteban Ocon 14 Hard
Felipe Massa 26 Medium
Valtteri Bottas 28 Soft

TYRE STATISTICS OF THE DAY

  Hard Medium Soft
Kms driven * 879 2625 1778
Sets used overall ** 24 39 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

22.5 psi (fronts) – 20 psi (rears)