Just four Grand Prix’s into the 2010 Formula One season and the new rules are forcing drivers to race in an ‘intelligent way’ and look after their tyres.
This is the verdict of Renault racer Robert Kubica who believes the ban on refuelling this year has led drivers to nurse their tyres for much longer stints in races – especially with the need for just a single pitstop in dry weather events.
Kubica, who has helped his team emerge as one of the surprises of the season, believes the lessons learned so far this season show that drivers now need to think their way through races, rather than simply go for the quickest laps.
He said: “This year the trends have been different.
“This year it is very important to take care of the tyres and somehow drive in the clever way – not just push for two or three laps because then the tyres degrade.
“Now we need to think about bringing the car as quickly as possible to the finish line at the end of the race – not as quickly as possible for one or two laps.
“So somehow you have to anticipate some balance changes, or pressure or differential settings to help the tyres in order to give you a better race time distance.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team