2016 Austrian Grand Prix – Practice Sessions
FASTEST SPEEDS EVER SEEN AT THE RED BULL RING:
2015 POLE TIME ECLIPSED IN FP1 ALREADY
RAIN IN FP2 MEANT THERE WAS LITTLE REPRESENTATIVE DATA
ON SMOOTH NEW ASPHALT
HIGH DEGREE OF TRACK EVOLUTION EXPECTED
Spielberg, July 1, 2016 – Nico Rosberg used Pirelli’s ultrasoft tyre to set the fastest lap ever recorded around the Red Bull Ring, which has been resurfaced for this year and has already produced a notable upturn in speed compared to 2015.
The Mercedes driver clocked a best lap of 1m07.373s during FP1 before joining his fellow drivers in sitting out more than 30 minutes of FP2 as torrential rain coated the 4.326-kilometre circuit.
When the track began to dry out, the drivers had to run on intermediate tyre. It wasn’t until the final 20 minutes that teams were able to use dry-weather tyres once again with the popular choice ranging between the supersoft and ultrasoft.
Having used the ultrasoft in FP1, Mercedes driver Rosberg’s best lap in FP2 was recorded on the supersoft.
Rosberg’s FP1 performance confirmed the Red Bull Ring will be the shortest lap of the year in terms of time and will make an optimal qualifying lap on Saturday even more crucial as a small gap or mistake could have a significant impact. Sofar, due to the heavy wash during FP2, there’s no real data available related to the time gap between the different compounds.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli motorsport director: “The new smooth surface and the ultrasoft tyre combined to produce the fastest lap ever recorded at the Red Bull Ring this morning, which could mean that a sub-1m06 lap is possible in qualifying if it stays dry. With the heavy rain keeping the cars off the track for a large chunk of FP2, this didn’t provide a proper opportunity to gather representative running data on this track.”
|FP1 – TIMES|
|FP2 – TIMES|
FP1 – BEST TIME PER COMPOUND
FP2 – BEST TIME PER COMPOUND
MOST LAPS BY COMPOUND
Tyre statistics of the day:
|kms driven *||700||865||1820||1898|
|sets used overall **||22||22||35||36|
|highest number of laps **||15||27||23||23|
* 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 psi (fronts) 19.5 psi (rears)
Pirelli fact of the day: Prior to the return of the Red Bull Ring in 2014, there was no Austrian Grand Prix since 2003. McLaren is the only team with both drivers who took part in the previous incarnation of the race at the A1 Ring (as it was then known). On that occasion 13 years ago, Jenson Button finished fourth (with BAR) while Fernando Alonso retired on lap 44 (in a Renault) having started from the pit lane.
Spotted in the paddock: Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi, undertaking third driver duties with Manor. Also spotted: special-edition ‘lederhosen’ race suits for Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, who celebrates his 27th birthday today. The Australian Grand Prix has named a grandstand after him to mark the occasion: this will be known as the circuit’s ‘Danstand’.