The weather put a real dampener on the first 2009 group test of the new spec slick tyres in Portugal last week.
Rain and hail stones drove the five teams to resort to using the current spec wet and extreme wet tyres, which meant the amount of meaningful data that could be obtained from trying out the new slick tyres was restricted.
Bridgestone, the official tyres supplier to Formula One, will have to wait for the next test before the season opening Grand Prix in Melbourne in March, for a better view of how the new soft and super soft compound slick tyres perform.
This is the first time slick tyres have been used in Formula One for 11 years and their arrival back on the scene is eagerly awaited. All eyes will be on world champion Lewis Hamilton to see how the McLaren driver handles the new tyres.
We can’t wait for the season to get under way.