FERRARI’S KIMI RAIKKONEN GOES FASTEST IN FREE PRACTICE 1.4 SECONDS FASTER THAN THE EQUIVALENT 2017 SESSION
PROBABILITY OF RAIN TOMORROW MAKES TODAY’S DATA PARTICULARLY CRUCIAL WHEN IT COMES TO FORMULATING RACE STRATEGY
AROUND ONE SECOND BETWEEN SUPERSOFT AND SOFT SO FAR THIS WEEKEND: A BIGGER GAP THAN EXPECTED
The weather remained cool and dry, despite a few drops of rain in the morning, allowing the teams to complete plenty of running and collect data that will be particularly crucial for Sunday’s race if it rains tomorrow, as is expected.
So far, there’s a performance gap of around a second between the supersoft and soft compounds: a bigger gap than expected. This may change during the weekend, depending on the weather conditions.
MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“The track was very quick right from the first session this morning, also as a result of the rubber laid down by the recent Spa 24 Hours, which we supply exclusively as well. There were no real surprises from the practice sessions, apart from the fact that the performance gap of around a second between the two softest compounds was somewhat bigger than the 0.6 seconds we expected. We’re expecting the gap between soft and medium to be in the region of 0.8 seconds, but we still have to look at all the data carefully tonight. Tomorrow, everyone is expecting rain, although the weather forecast seems to be constantly changing, which is not unusual here. So far, the tyres have performed consistently and strongly on what is well-known as one of the most demanding tracks of the year, with only a few small cases of blistering reported in the afternoon.”
FREE PRACTICE 1 – TOP 3 TIMES
FREE PRACTICE 2 – TOP 3 TIMES
FP1 - BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
FP2 - BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND SO FAR
TYRE STATISTICS OF THE DAY
* The above number gives the total amount of kilometres driven in FP1 and FP2 today, all drivers combined.
** Per compound, all drivers combined.