Not long now…if you are a Formula 1 fan you’ll be counting down to Sunday 15 March when the 2015 season gets underway with the Australian Grand Prix.
Sky has released its gripping advert which drives home the fact that current Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton will be under extreme pressure as he defends his title, while Pirelli tyres is set to release the details of the compounds it is taking to Sydney.
What we do know after the second pre-season test at Barcelona is that its new tyres are up to two seconds or more faster than the previous options, depending on the compounds.
Paul Hembery, motorsport director for Pirelli tyres, revealed: “Barcelona represented the final opportunity for the teams to assess the interaction between our latest tyres and the 2015 cars, which as we have all noted appear to be significantly quicker than last year’s cars.
“We’ve seen a difference of up to two seconds, and that gap could be even bigger on the softer compounds. Because of this, the way that the tyres work with the cars has altered, which clearly has an effect on set-up and strategy.
“Although we had track temperatures that peaked at 31 degrees centigrade, conditions were still generally much cooler than we will typically see at most of the races, so this is another factor that has to be considered, particularly in the case of the hard tyre. The teams were able to test the entire range of 2015 P Zero tyres in Barcelona, which have a new rear construction this year, including the supersoft, which has a brand new compound as well.
“The soft compound set the fastest time of the test: two and a half seconds faster than last year’s pole time. Although there were some brief periods of rain, we only saw limited running on the intermediate tyre. Compared to last year though, it’s clear that most teams are already well-prepared for the season ahead.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office