By Alex Kapadia
Tyres strategy will add to the spectacle of what is set to be a ‘fascinating race’ at the Malaysian Grand Prix, according to Pirelli’s motorsport director.
Speaking after the first day of practice at the Sepang circuit, Formula One tyres supremo Paul Hembery said: “Everybody has faced extremely tough conditions during the first day of running in Malaysia. Luckily our tyres have performed faultlessly so far, but of course the real work lies ahead of us as the drivers put their cars into qualifying and race trim.
“Today, the drivers tried out the evolution of our hard tyres and their response was generally favourable, although we need to be careful that we don’t end up with tyres that are too conservative. Given how harsh the conditions were today, we’ve been pleased with the way that things have gone and we’re expecting a three-stop strategy for the race.
“Obviously there will be some interesting tactical calls from the teams tomorrow when it comes to deciding which tyres they will choose to qualify on. This is just going to add to the spectacle of what is sure to be a fascinating race.”