Ferrari unveiled their new car the F10 for the 2010 Formula 1 season and talked for the first time about technical details and fresh challenges – including new rules for tyres.
The team’s technical team talked openly about the tyres, which will be one of the key unknown factors this season.
Aldo Costa, the team’s technical director, said: “As far as the tyres are concerned it hasn’t happened very often that we come to the first test with a new car with tyres we’ve never seen before, never used and never tested.
“This year we’re racing after only four tests. We’re confident that Bridgestone has done some excellent work, but with changing the compound four tests might not be enough.”
Nikolas Tombazis, chief designer with Ferrari, added: “We also worked to speed up the change of tyres.
“In recent years the refuelling limited us, but this year this is different, so we worked, regarding the pit stop, on the change of tyres.”
Later, there were questions regarding safety, still referring to the tyres, which are now different in size and with different compounds. An Italian journalist asked: If there was a safety problem, would you ask the FIA for more test sessions?
“Bridgestone is very interested in the tyre tests and they will analyse their behaviour after the long runs,” said Costa. “More weight on the tyres has changed the single-seaters structure and it’s very unusual to start in that sense.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team