We are always banging on about how tyres play a vital role in determining the fortunes of the Formula One teams – and it seems McLaren have really taken this to heart.
Apparently, the Woking-based team’s upturn fortune is being credited in part to the work of former Bridgestone tyres man, Hiroshi Imai.
After celebrating back-to-back victories with Jenson Button’s win in Hungary following Lewis Hamilton’s victory in Germany, there have been many theories bandied about regarding how McLaren have managed to increase their performance.
It appears that the smart money is on the role played by Iami, who served as former F1 tyre supplier Bridgestone’s chief engineer up until 2009 and now works as an advisor at McLaren.
He has made major breakthroughs in the team’s understanding of how the new Pirelli tyres work, according to Auto Motor und Sport.
The report was picked up by Planetf1.com which added: “It is believed that McLaren have discovered that their tyre woe in Valencia was the result of brakes that were too hot, heat which was then transferred into the tyres.
“Having worked out this conundrum, the team have apparently worked on their ventilation system in order to help with the cooling of the brakes.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team