By Alex Kapadia
Bridgestone are wheeling out soft and hard tyres for the second Grand Prix of the season at Sepang this weekend.
There’s no doubt that the new rules that have brought back slick tyres and introduced a wider difference between the two tyre compounds have helped to spice up the track action.
But while the drivers approve of the changes to the car tyres because they are already helping to deliver more exciting results, they have added an extra challenge into their strategy and set-up work.
Brawn GP driving ace Jenson Button believes the hard compound on offer, a development of the specification used in testing, will pose a challenge.
He said: ‘Here we have a soft tyre and a hard tyre, the hard tyre we haven’t run yet in testing so that’s going to be interesting to see if we get it to work here as I think it’s going to take a couple of laps to get heat into it.
‘It’s going to be difficult to work out which is the better tyre and which is the tyre for the race and that’s what we are going to be doing tomorrow (Fri).’
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel added: ‘We asked for a wider separation between soft and hard tyres and now in Australia there has been quite an extreme wider separation because the hard ones were difficult to warm up and the soft ones difficult to keep alive.
‘So we will see how the tyres work here, but I’m looking forward for especially the hard compound as I think it’s a totally new compound and no one has had any experience of yet so we will see how it works.’
Thursday, 02 April 2009 15:23