Pirelli tyre test day 1: Full lap times data

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Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Abu Dhabi, 2010

As well as setting fastest time Felipe Massa did the longest individual stint on the new Pirelli tyres in the first test on them at Abu Dhabi today.

Having often struggled with the Bridgestone tyres this year Massa was pleased with how his first run on Pirellis went. He said:

It was a positive start to begin to understand the behaviour of the Pirelli tyres. I felt at ease right from the start and there were no unpleasant surprises.
Felipe Massa

All laps

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The interactive graph above shows all the lap times set by all the drivers in the first Pirelli test session at Abu Dhabi. It does not include laps in and out of the pits.

As there are a lot of lap times plotted on the graph you may find it easier to view the full-screen version.

On both versions you can click and drag on the chart to zoom in on a particular area. You can then use the slider which appears at the top of the graph to scroll through the times.

And you can use the check boxes at the bottom to show and hide drivers? lap times.

The chart below showing the drivers? speeds at the speed trap works in the same way.

As well as doing the fastest time of the session Felipe Massa also did the longest unbroken stint, staying out for 15 laps towards the end of the session.

His timed dipped from the 1’45 mark down to a quickest of 1’43.624 in that stint. Interestingly, not long before that he did another stint where his times gradually got slower, rising from the mid-1’45s to the mid-1’47s, suggesting he switch to a new set of tyres between the two runs.

Few other drivers did stints of more than ten laps. One was Kamui Kobayashi, with somewhat more erratic lap times, but generally getting quicker. Timo Glock did a pair of 13-lap stints and it looks like the tyres went off in the second one.

The teams were given four sets of tyres for the test and will get another four sets for tomorrow’s running.

Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Lap At time Laps
1 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’40.170 79 438 94
2 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’40.500 0.330 67 442 78
3 51 Gary Paffett McLaren-Mercedes 1’40.874 0.704 73 413 94
4 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’40.950 0.780 56 413 83
5 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’41.032 0.862 23 159 39
6 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’41.425 1.255 63 345 91
7 37 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’41.615 1.445 15 49 21
8 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’41.778 1.608 61 368 81
9 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’42.019 1.849 43 391 71
10 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’42.859 2.689 10 97 20
11 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’44.124 3.954 69 448 78
12 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’44.686 4.516 86 469 88
13 40 Pastor Maldonado HRT-Cosworth 1’45.728 5.558 55 318 83

Best sector times

Kobayashi’s combined pace in the Sauber was on a par with Massa’s, the Japanese driver going fastest in the middle sector.

Car Driver Car Best S1 Best S2 Best S3 Ultimate lap Gap to best
1 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 17.669 42.578 39.829 1’40.076 0.094
2 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 17.715 42.732 39.883 1’40.330 0.170
3 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 17.856 42.432 40.113 1’40.401 0.549
4 51 Gary Paffett McLaren 17.709 42.687 40.313 1’40.709 0.165
5 11 Robert Kubica Renault 17.827 42.775 40.381 1’40.983 0.049
6 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams 17.916 42.648 40.490 1’41.054 0.371
7 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 18.054 42.761 40.694 1’41.509 0.269
8 37 Paul di Resta Force India 17.846 43.032 40.639 1’41.517 0.098
9 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 17.965 42.987 40.788 1’41.740 0.279
10 14 Adrian Sutil Force India 17.999 43.360 41.373 1’42.732 0.127
11 24 Timo Glock Virgin 18.353 43.945 41.746 1’44.044 0.080
12 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 18.445 43.995 42.099 1’44.539 0.147
13 40 Pastor Maldonado HRT 18.623 43.938 42.738 1’45.299 0.429

Speed trap

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Once again Williams did some constant speed work for aerodynamic evaluation – note Barrichello hitting 200kph consistently in the speed trap in his early runs.

Other than that the maximum speeds were not dissimilar to what was seen earlier in the test.

Car Driver Car Speed trap (kph) Gap
1 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 317.52
2 51 Gary Paffett McLaren-Mercedes 316.59 -0.93
3 37 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 316.59 -0.93
4 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 315.66 -1.86
5 11 Robert Kubica Renault 312.91 -4.61
6 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 312.91 -4.61
7 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 312 -5.52
8 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 311.1 -6.42
9 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 311.1 -6.42
10 40 Pastor Maldonado HRT-Cosworth 310.2 -7.32
11 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 309.31 -8.21
12 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 305.8 -11.72
13 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 304.93 -12.59

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14 comments on Pirelli tyre test day 1: Full lap times data

  1. Good to see Kobayashi so quick on the Pirelli’s

  2. sumedh said on 19th November 2010, 16:21

    Except for Nico Rosberg, whose times seem to be slower by 0.5 seconds every passing lap, all the other drivers laps seem to be the standard pattern.

    Pirelli needs to be told that their job is to make the team’s job harder. not easier.

    • brendan said on 19th November 2010, 17:13

      i agree but they dont want teams complaining about the tyre. tho better for us not better for their promotion.

      Rosberg is already moaning about them

      • Alexi (@alexi) said on 19th November 2010, 18:04

        And Schumacher has the same driving style at Massa. Looks like his wishes about Pirellis favoring him are going to come true…

  3. rascalb said on 19th November 2010, 17:36

    Have they said anything about compounds? I think I remember hearing that they are going to continue the Bridgestone model of four dry compounds, one intermediate, and one extreme wet tire.

    Do we know how hard or soft these tires are in comparison to others they are planning? And can we please get a better indication of a tire being the option or the prime than that almost invisible green stripe?

  4. A driver will always want the tyres to be as grippy as possible and last as long as possible whilst remaining grippy. I hope that the Pirelli engineers don’t listen to what the drivers are saying too much and think more than a little bit about what’s good for the racing.

    • Pirelli need to avoid getting stuck in the rut that Bridgestone are still stuck in from when they were going head-to-head against Michelin.

  5. Chris P said on 19th November 2010, 18:27

    Keith, I’m sure Rubens will be happy with you grouping him under the banner of ‘Young Drivers’ in both charts, but I don’t think it is accurate today!

  6. Maybe it’s me, but can’t stand Pirelli’s typo. Hope they’ll fix ’till next season.

  7. TedNash said on 19th November 2010, 23:14

    Good stuff. Where did you get the data from?

  8. F1iLike said on 20th November 2010, 0:29

    Looks like they’re loosing most time in the last most twisty section compared to their qualifying laps.. the other sectors is almost similar.. So I guess grip levels are not so good yet..

    • F1iLike said on 20th November 2010, 1:22

      btw, It’s worth noting though that they run the cars ballasted to 2011 weight regulations. That should add some time to the lap…

  9. Morgan said on 20th November 2010, 0:41

    Hi Keith, can you provide an actual list of all times at all, or would you be able to say where you got them from please?

  10. Sutil-M (@) said on 20th November 2010, 17:55

    Wow well done di resta for being faster than Sutil

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