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2021 F1 pre-season testing highlights | Paddock Journal
March 15, 2021
After a comparatively brief winter break, the drivers and groups are again to it, as they concluded the 2021 Aramco pre-season testing on March 12-14 – forward of what’s set to be the longest season in Formulation 1’s historical past.
Pre-season testing was influenced by native circumstances. The primary day was persistently windy with gusts that reached 47kph (25 knots), affecting the aerodynamics of the vehicles. On account of the wind, there was loads of sand on the monitor that compromised grip. Temperatures have been additionally significantly excessive, so the mix of those elements led to some floor overheating and elevated tyre degradation.
All through all three days, all of the compounds carried out nicely and no issues equivalent to graining emerged: solely mild abrasion on the softest compounds. In addition to the climate circumstances, lap instances have been naturally influenced by the completely different gasoline masses run by every workforce, making efficiency comparisons with final 12 months’s race and free apply at Bahrain very troublesome.
Head of Formulation 1 and Automobile Racing, Pirelli
On the second day, the wind nonetheless remained however temperatures have been decrease, which decreased the overheating. Because of this, the groups had a greater stability with their vehicles, with loads of arrange work carried out over typically brief runs, as was the case on a gap day.
The third and ultimate day was run in higher monitor circumstances with average winds and a cool breeze however monitor temperatures much like the primary day. Many groups carried out lengthy runs utilizing the C2, C3 and C4 compound tyres nominated for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Finest instances and compounds general March 12-14