Stroll and Russell complete Pirelli F1’s program at Jerez. Valuable lessons learned to reduce tire overheating by 2025. As scheduled, George Russell took over from Lewis Hamilton, while Lance Stroll followed Fernando Alonso.
After covering more than 1,200 kilometers on Tuesday, another day of intense work resulted in an additional 314 laps yesterday (158 for Russell and 156 for Stroll), totaling 1,300 kilometers during the session. The best time was set by Russell (1’18”259) while Stroll posted a 1’19”130 – although the overall lap times were not particularly relevant, as both drivers were conducting quite different programs.
Pirelli Targets 2025 for Tire Improvements
Ambient temperatures were above 20°C, with track temperatures exceeding 30 degrees. Good conditions to follow up on the program initiated by Ferrari last week in Barcelona, aimed at minimizing tire overheating for the 2025 season.
“We had two very productive days of testing, which – along with Barcelona last week – allowed us to gather a lot of data,” celebrates Mario Isola, Pirelli’s head of motorsport.
“Firstly, I would like to thank all the teams involved so far, for their support in lending us their lead drivers; whose feedback is always very valuable and precise.”
“We mainly worked on ways to reduce overheating, which is always one of the most challenging aspects of tire management with the current range, but also on a few different structural concepts.”
“We will now carefully analyze all the information to determine the next steps in terms of development for next year, starting with some interesting points that have emerged from our testing so far.”
Pirelli’s development program will now continue at Suzuka from April 9 to 10, two days after the Japanese Grand Prix, with the 2024 F1 cars of the Visa CashApp RB F1 and Stake F1 teams.
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