Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo sets fastest time in FP2 on the Pirelli ultrasoft tire to break lap record
Initial data suggests the performance gap between the ultrasoft tire and supersoft tire is around 0.6 seconds
Mild conditions in Mexico city, with rapid track evolution throughout the day
Today’s free practice sessions in Mexico were characterized by a high degree of track evolution on a slippery surface, yet despite this the all-time track record for the current circuit was broken in Free Practice 1 by Red Bull Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo, and then lowered by him again in Free Practice 2.
Ricciardo set his best time in the afternoon using the Pirelli P Zero Purple ultrasoft tire, which was brought to Mexico for the first time. This time was nearly two seconds faster than last year’s Free Practice 2 time and was also a pacesetter for the long runs that simulated race stints.
The performance gap between the Pirelli supersoft and ultrasoft tire compounds is approximately 0.6 seconds so far. Weather conditions were mild but dry throughout the day in Mexico City, with ambient temperatures around 71 degrees fahrenheit and track temperatures peaking at 109 degrees fahrenheit.
MARIO ISOLA – PIRELLI’S HEAD OF CAR RACING
“For much of the day the track was very slippery, which made it quite hard to obtain representative data, although the grip improved as expected with more running time. Nonetheless, as has already been the case at a number of other races this year, we saw the track record broken first in FP1, then lowered again in FP2, thanks as well to our nomination of a softer tire compound here compared to previous years. We expect the track to continue to evolve throughout the weekend as there is no chance of rain, and judging from the initial long run times in free practice, it seems that we should be in for a closely-fought weekend among the frontrunners. We’ve seen runs with all three tire compounds meaning that, as was the case in Austin, all three are suitable for the race”.
FREE PRACTICE 1 – TOP 3 TIMES
|Bottas||1m 17.824s||ULTRASOFT NEW|
|Hamilton||1m 18.290s||ULTRASOFT NEW|
|Verstappen||1m 18.395s||SUPERSOFT NEW|
FREE PRACTICE 2 – TOP 3 TIMES
|Ricciardo||1m 17.801s||ULTRASOFT NEW|
|Hamilton||1m 17.932s||ULTRASOFT NEW|
|Verstappen||1m 17.964ss||ULTRASOFT NEW|
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
|21.0 psi (fronts) – 19.5 psi (rears)|
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