MAX VERSTAPPEN SETS THE PACE FOR RED BULL RACING IN FREE PRACTICE
ON HYPERSOFT: MORE THAN A SECOND FASTER THAN LAST YEAR
HIGH TEMPERATURES AND PLENTY OF TRACK EVOLUTION ON AN INITIALLY
DIRTY SURFACE AT AUTODROMO HERMANOS RODRIGUEZ
HYPERSOFT OFFERS A PACE ADVANTAGE BUT ALSO
HIGHER DEGRADATION SO FAR
MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“It was quite a tricky day to interpret, although in many ways a bit similar to what we saw in Mexico last year. Today, there was high degradation on the hypersoft in free practice, which is of course two steps softer than the softest compound we brought to Mexico in 2017 (ultrasoft). If this continues throughout the weekend, it will influence qualifying strategy, with some teams perhaps choosing to prioritise durability over outright pace, and a few different strategies presenting themselves for the race. A lot more data analysis is needed tonight and FP3 to fully understand the situation. There’s a chance of rain on Saturday night, which would obviously ‘reset’ the track and wash away the rubber that’s been deposited so far. In any case, it already promises to be a great fight over the rest of the weekend”.
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.