Pirelli expecting record lap times in 2015

By on Friday, March 20, 2015
Pirelli Media

Pirelli Media

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery says that lap records at some circuits this year may be challenged due to the increased performance of the 2015 cars.

During last year's Australian Grand Prix, the fastest time during the third practice session was a 1:29.375, but this year that benchmark was lowered to a 1:27.867 during the same session - comparisons with qualifying is not possible due to 2014's wet running.

Pirelli says that while a lot of the lap time is down to chassis and engine development, a new rear construction on the tyres has aided this improvement.

"These figures underline what we expected to see following pre-season testing: a significant reduction in lap times, with cars that will only get faster as the year goes on," said Hembery.

"We could even see some new lap records on certain circuits. With this in mind, we have introduced evolutions to the rear structure of all our 2015 tyres this year, in order to give them greater capability in handling the extreme demands placed on them."

The gap between the Soft and Medium compound tyre was estimated to be around 1.4 seconds per lap.

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