Fastest-ever laps of Silverstone in current configuration, with cornering forces higher than 5G

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas goes fastest in FP2 on supersoft with a time already quicker than last year’s pole

A wide range of tires selected and many race strategies possible, as uncertain weather also shakes up the order

The first day of Silverstone with the 2017 generation of cars, featuring extra downforce and wider tires, resulted in performance never seen before at the current Silverstone circuit, with cars, drivers and tires subjected to maximum lateral loads of more than 5G and speeds well over 280kph through Copse Corner.

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas ensured that the P Zero Red supersoft set fastest time in FP2 on its Silverstone race debut, beating the fastest lap of the weekend last year (set in Q2) by more than 0.7 seconds.

British Grand Prix
British Grand Prix

The first day of Silverstone with the 2017 generation of cars, featuring extra downforce and wider tires, resulted in performance never seen before at the current Silverstone circuit, with cars, drivers and tires subjected to maximum lateral loads of more than 5g and speeds well over 280kph through Copse Corner.Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas ensured that the P Zero Red supersoft set fastest time in FP2 on its Silverstone race debut, beating the fastest lap of the weekend last year (set in Q2) by more than 0.7 seconds.

The teams selected a number of quite different tire choices heading into this event, so the programme today – assessing wear and degradation on each compound with differing fuel loads – was vital in working out which tires they wanted to give back, as per the current regulations, and which to keep for qualifying and the race.

Conditions remained cool and overcast, with ambient temperatures never exceeding 18 degrees centigrade and asphalt in the region of 24 degrees centigrade. Weather of this type is expected to remain for the rest of the weekend, with rain possible as well.

Mario Isola – Head of Car Racing
Although the teams chose some quite different allocations of tires before the race, as they all discard certain sets in accordance with the regulations, it’s likely that they will end up with selections that are quite similar for qualifying and the race. One thing we have definitely seen already is that the speeds and therefore loads on the tires are unprecedented this year. This is exactly as we would expect from all the high-energy tracks this season, because of the increased downforce and wider tires. Despite these extra demands, the supersoft made its very first grand prix weekend appearance at Silverstone and set the record-breaking time with Bottas. So far, this compound is around 0.7 seconds per lap faster than the soft. If the weather remains dry tomorrow – which is definitely a question mark – we can expect the benchmark to be lowered even further in qualifying.

Free practice 1 – Top 3 times

Free practice 1 - Top 3 times

Free practice 2 – Top 3 times

Free practice 2 - Top 3 times

FP1 – Best time by compound

FP1 – Best time by compound

FP2 – Best time by compound

FP2 – Best time by compound

Most laps by compound so far

Most laps by compound so far

Tire statistics of the day

Tire statistics of the day
* The above number gives the total amount of kilometers driven in FP1 and FP2 today, all drivers combined.
** Per compound, all drivers combined.

Minimum prescribed tire pressures

Minimum described tire pressures 22.5 psi (front) – 20.5 psi (rear)

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