2021 Spanish Grand Prix - Friday
FRIDAY TYRE SUMMARY
- Mercedes was fastest in both free practice sessions, using the P Zero Red soft C3 compound on each occasion. Valtteri Bottas set the fastest lap on the re-worked Barcelona track (with a new Turn 10) in the morning, while Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time of the day in the afternoon.
- Alpine also performed strongly at Fernando Alonso’s home grand prix, finishing fourth and fifth in FP2 behind the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc.
- Conditions were warm and dry throughout the day, with temperatures around 25 degrees centigrade ambient and 40 degrees on track.
- The drivers generally ran the P Zero White hard tyre and P Zero Red soft tyre in FP1 (with the exception of Ferrari, the only team to use the P Zero Yellow medium in the morning) before moving onto the medium and the soft in the afternoon to concentrate on qualifying and race simulations.
- The performance gap between the compounds is as expected on this well-known track: around 0.8s between soft and medium, and 1.0s between medium and hard.
FORMULA 3: LATEST NEWS
Barcelona also marked the first round of the new-look Formula 3 season, with three races during each weekend for the first time. Today was free practice and qualifying, with all the drivers using the P Zero White hard tyre (just one compound is nominated for each F3 weekend, with the total allocation per driver going up to five sets this year from four previously). Prema Racing’s Dennis Hauger was fastest in both free practice and qualifying (which determines the grid for Sunday’s race). The grid for Saturday’s first race is decided by reversing the top 12 in qualifying – which means that Carlin’s Jonny Edgar will start from pole – while the top 12 finishers from that race will be reversed for the second race on Saturday afternoon.
MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF F1 AND CAR RACING
“The tyres performed as we expected throughout free practice today with no graining or abrasion seen during each of the sessions and a performance gap between the compounds as anticipated. The surface here in Barcelona is very different to Portimao a week ago, with more abrasive asphalt that produces more grip. The new Turn 10 makes life a little bit easier for the tyres here, especially the rears, as it is more flowing than before. The teams concentrated on the soft and medium compounds in the afternoon, which are likely to be the key tyres for the race. This is due to the fact that there is a bigger performance gap to the hard, and also because there is less time lost in the pits than there was in Portugal, which encourages shorter stints.”
|TOP 3 TIMES|
|Bottas||1m18.504s||SOFT C3 NEW|
|Verstappen||1m18.537s||SOFT C3 NEW|
|Hamilton||1m18.627s||SOFT C3 USED|
|Hamilton||1m18.170s||SOFT C3 NEW|
|Bottas||1m18.309s||SOFT C3 NEW|
|Leclerc||1m18.335s||SOFT C3 NEW|
|BEST TIME BY COMPOUND|
|MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR|
|HARD C1||Leclerc, Ocon||21|
|MEDIUM C2||Ocon, Raikkonen||23|
|TYRE STATISTICS OF THE DAY|
|Sets used overall**||20||22||38|
* The above number gives the total amount of kilometres driven in FP1 and FP2 today, all drivers combined.
** Per compound, all drivers combined.
|MIN. STARTING PRESSURES (slicks)||EOS CAMBER LIMIT|
|22.0 psi (front) | 19.5 psi (rear)||-3.25° (front) | -1.75° (rear)|