With the start of the Grand Prix season less than four weeks away, you’d imagine the teams would be going hell-for-leather perfecting their cars for the first race in Melbourne.
But McLaren spent the first day of this weeks Spanish test evaluating tyres for the 2010 season.
Apparently, next years tyres will be different as they will not longer be pre-heated in blankets and must also sustain cars running with heavier fuel-loads due to the ban on refuelling.
The tests provided Bridgestone, the sole provider of tyres for Formula 1, with useful data for next season.
But according to Pedro de la Rosa who joined the team to evaluate the compounds and casings for 2010, its not going to be a straightforward adjustment.
After coming seventh out of the eight runners, the Spaniard noted: ‘Running without tyre blankets makes it harder to get heat into the tyre – but that’s the objective for next year and that’s why Bridgestone will supply the teams with different compounds.’
Alex Kapadia, etyres Operations Executive