Pre-season testing lasted simply three days and leaves many with much more questions than earlier than the take a look at. The identical is legitimate for Pirelli, as climate situations have considerably lowered the potential usefulness of the collected tyre knowledge.
Pre-season testing was influenced by the native situations. The primary day was persistently windy with gusts that reached 47km/h (25 knots), affecting the aerodynamics on the vehicles. On account of the wind, there was loads of sand on the observe that compromised grip. Temperatures have been additionally significantly excessive, so the mix of those elements led to some floor overheating and elevated tyre degradation.
On the second day the wind nonetheless remained however temperatures have been decrease, which lowered the overheating. In consequence the groups had a greater steadiness 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 closing day was run in higher observe situations with reasonable winds and a cool breeze however observe temperatures just like the primary day. Many groups carried out lengthy runs utilizing the C2, C3 and C4 compound tyres nominated for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
“All through all three days, all of the compounds carried out nicely and no issues akin to graining emerged”, stated Mario Isola, Head of F1 and Automobile Racing at Pirelli.
“There was solely mild abrasion on the softest compounds. In addition to the climate situations, lap occasions have been naturally influenced by the totally different gasoline masses run by every workforce, making efficiency comparisons with final yr’s race and free follow at Bahrain very troublesome. It’s additionally troublesome to precisely assess the efficiency distinction between the compounds, because of observe evolution.
“The simplest to inform might be the hole between the C2 and C3, which is round 0.5 seconds, whereas the hole between C3 and C4 is larger than anticipated, with the C4 pushed by many vehicles when the observe was at its quickest.
“Now we stay up for the start of a season that would be the final one run with 13 inch tyres earlier than the transfer to 18-inch tyres in 2022, for which a collection of growth checks has been deliberate all through this yr”.
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