Pirelli expects lap records to tumble this year

Pirelli is predicting lap records will be broken this year thanks to the new rear tyre construction introduced for the 2015 season.

Laptimes during the Australian Grand Prix last weekend were around two seconds quicker compared to 2014.

The weekend's best lap in 2014 was a 1:29.375 - set in final practice with soft tyres - while the quickest lap last weekend was a 1:26.327, over three seconds quicker.

The fastest lap in the race was 1.5 seconds quicker than last year.

Pirelli's motorsport director Paul Hembery believes the trend will continue throughout the season, and he reckons new benchmarks will be set.

"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."

 

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