With just weeks to go before the start of the 2010 Formula One season, concerns have been raised about Bridgestone’s new intermediate tyres.
The issue surrounding the longevity of the tyres in wet weather came up after the opening day of testing in Jerez in Spain on Wednesday.
The bad weather at the Spanish circuit meant teams had their first chance to try the new intermediate, intended to be raced during the 2010 season.
Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi, who made his F1 debut at the end of last season when he was drafted in by Toyota to replace the injured Timo Glock, said: “At the end of ten laps it felt like I was driving on slicks in the rain.”
While Finland’s Turun Sanomat newspaper revealed that that the tyre wore our too quickly, to the tune of up to 2-3 seconds per lap “at a very early stage”.
However, Bridgestone appeared to brush the criticism aside, commenting: “The wet and intermediate tyres (for 2010) have no significant changes (compared with 2009) apart from the (narrower) width of the front intermediate tyre, which will now be the same as the new dry front tyre.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team