Vettel breaks all-time lap record at sepang with Pirelli supersoft tires
The performance gap between the Pirelli soft tire and supersoft tire is currently around 0.8 seconds
The Red Bull team was the leader in the wet free practice 1 session, while Ferrari was the fastest in the dry FP2 session, which ended early after a loose drain cover
After a dry run of only 10 minutes, Ferrari’s Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel broke the 12-year-old lap record in Free Practice 2 today at the Sepang circuit. Vettel set the fastest time of the day (1m31.261s) on the Pirelli P Zero Red supersoft tire, which has been nominated together with the soft tire and medium tire for this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix. This record was 1.6 seconds faster than last year’s pole position, and 3.7 seconds faster than last year’s best Free Practice 2 time.
The Free Practice 1 session was interrupted by rain, which limited its duration to just one hour. Pirelli’s intermediate tires were mostly used in this time, as well as some full wet tires on installation laps. During the afternoon, Free Practice 2 started with an ambient temperature of 86 degrees fahrenheit and a track temperature of 99 degrees fahrenheit, which both steadily increased throughout the free practice sessions.
MARIO ISOLA – PIRELLI’S HEAD OF CAR RACING
“Despite the lack of grip from a ‘green’ circuit following the rain this morning, it took only a few minutes for the all-time track record to be broken in FP2 – and not even on the softest compound tires that we have brought this weekend. With minimal practice time this morning and the red flag in the afternoon, teams were not able to properly assess degradation rates. However, for the first time this year, FP3 takes place tomorrow at a similar time to the race, so this will be an important opportunity to collect valuable data in order to extrapolate an effective strategy.”
FREE PRACTICE 1 – TOP 3 TIMES
FREE PRACTICE 2 – TOP 3 TIMES
FP1 – BEST TIME BY TIRE COMPOUND
FP2 – BEST TIME BY TIRE COMPOUND
MOST LAPS BY TIRE COMPOUND SO FAR
TIRE STATISTICS OF THE DAY
* The above number gives the total amount of miles driven in FP1 and FP2 today, all drivers combined.
** Per tire compound, all drivers combined.
MINIMUM PRESCRIBED TIRE PRESSURES
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