The weather and track conditions make it hard for Formula One teams to plan their tyres strategy for the Monaco Grand Prix.
Here’s what Hirohide Hamashima, director of motorsport tyre development for Bridgestone tyres, had to say on the subject at the end of the first two practice sessions through the streets of Monte Carlo today.
“It is a challenge to predict the track condition as there is no F1 running tomorrow and we don’t know what the weather will do,” he explained.
“Initial conclusions from the data is that the super soft tyre should be able to last a reasonable distance if used at the start of the race, and the medium compound will deliver strong performance once it is warmed up.
“However, the track condition and weather have been very variable so far this week so we really face many unknowns.”
Hamashima added: “Today we had good weather conditions in the morning and at the start of the afternoon practice session, however after that it became cooler and light rain fell on the track.
“In the morning the warm- up of the medium compound was quite good for this circuit and the track was showing good improvement before the rain started falling. I am happy that we were able to show that the allocation of the medium and super soft gave very reasonable performance today.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team