Just two Grand Prix’s into the season and Brawn ace Jenson Button has taken poll position for the second time!
But the new Formula One car tyres, compromise and strategy are going to play key roles in tomorrow’s race at Sepang.
Bridgestone tyres have wheeled out soft and hard compounds for the Malaysian Grand Prix and the teams will have to think quickly on their feet regarding which tyre to use and when – especially if the safety car comes into play.
Hirohide Hamashima, Director of Motorsport Tyre Development for Bridgestone, said: ‘Sepang is an interesting circuit as the track surface improves a lot over the course of the race weekend. This is because the high temperatures mean that the rubber laid melts into the track surface allowing very good surface from a grip point of view.
‘Race strategy should be interesting here, as the difference between the tyres in terms of performance drop-off is not as great as in Australia, so there could be more strategy options.’
Mr Hamashima added: ‘The soft is able to deliver its best lap time generally on its first flying lap and the performance drop-off does not appear to be as extreme as we saw with the super soft tyre in Australia.
‘The hard gives its best lap time after around 3-4 laps and we have seen very durable performance from it, so it should be the better race tyre.’
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team