The cold weather was back to haunt the Formula One teams during the qualifying sessions for the German Grand Prix yesterday, according to Bridgestone tyres.
The chill in the air presented drivers with the challenge of getting heat into their tyres – the failure to manage this caused Jenson Button to come sixth in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone last month!
Hirohide Hamashima, director of motorsport tyre development for Bridgestone, said: “It was a cold reception we received from the weather, so maintaining tyre temperature was a challenge.
“The cold weather and also the wind experienced here makes matters difficult, however a second covered the top thirteen cars in the afternoon, which shows that everyone is very close on pace for this weekend.”
The weather is expected to play an important part in the race at Nurburgring on Sunday.
Hamashima added: “It’s an interesting circuit here and, as illustrated today, there is always the factor of the weather too.
“After the British Grand Prix there was a lot of talk of tyre temperatures and how the front running teams and drivers use their tyres.
“I would not be surprised if that is also a topic this weekend. If it stays cold like today then the super soft could even be the preferred race tyre.
“For the medium compound, getting temperature into the tyre is the challenge, for the super soft, minimising graining is the challenge.”