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Pirelli testing facts: Barcelona 2

4 March 2013

Testing Facts:

• The teams are allocated 100 sets of tyres per year for testing purposes, with 35 sets available for the final test in Barcelona. The supersoft and medium tyres have been nominated for the opening grand prix of the season in Australia, so many teams focussed on these two compounds as part of their race preparation. Most of the work concentrated on the medium compound though, as Barcelona is not suited for the supersoft.

• Temperatures were once again cool for the final test, with ambient temperatures peaking at 18 degrees centigrade on the last two days of the test. Ambient temperatures did not exceed 10 degrees centigrade during the rain-soaked first two days of testing.

• The fastest time of the test, set by Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg on day four (1min 20.130secs) with a new set of soft tyres, was significantly faster than the benchmark in Barcelona last week, and about a second and a half faster than the best testing times in Barcelona last year.

• Many of the teams with new parts concentrated on aerodynamic testing of the new components, while some teams also carried out race simulations – especially those running new drivers this year – as well as qualifying simulations with the supersoft tyre.

• Once again, the time difference between the slick compounds was in the region of half a second per lap, confirming the results seen at the previous Barcelona test, although the performance gap in Australia should be slightly bigger. The teams also assessed wet weather crossover points on a drying track and carried out pit stop practice.

• While the weather was not always favourable, this was a test that challenged the versatility of the car-tyre package to the utmost. Not only did the cars run in an extremely wide variety of conditions, but Barcelona also assesses every aspect of a car technically, thanks to its demanding circuit layout that contains every type of corner. The tyres on the left side of the car are the most stressed, due to the quantity of high-energy right-hand turns such as turn three.

• The total amount of kilometres carried out in pre-season testing: 36,970kms.

• Most laps of Barcelona: Rosberg (Mercedes): 251 laps; Alonso (Ferrari): 222 laps; Hamilton (Mercedes): 230 laps

Testing numbers:

Total number of sets brought to Barcelona: 451 sets which equals 1804 tyres

- of which supersoft tyres: 35 sets

- of which soft tyres: 119 sets

- of which medium tyres: 123 sets

- of which hard tyres: 112 sets

- of which intermediate tyres: 38 sets
- of which wet tyres: 24 sets

Total amount of sets used: 363

- of which supersoft tyres: 22 sets

- of which soft tyres: 104 sets

- of which medium tyres: 119 sets

- of which hard tyres: 63 sets

- of which intermediate tyres: 34 sets

- of which wet tyres: 21 sets

Longest run:
- 19 laps on the hard compound

- 30 laps of the medium compound

- 19 laps on the soft compound

- 14 laps on the supersoft compound

- 47 laps on the intermediate compound

- 48 laps on the wet compound

Lowest / highest ambient temperature over four days: 6 °C (Day 4) / 18 °C (Day 3+4)

Lowest / highest track temperature over four days: 8 °C (Day 1+2+3) / 26 °C (Day 4)


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