The new rules brought in to spice up the Formula 1 action for 2009 certainly seem to have done their job.
Four races in and it looks like Bridgestone’s new slick tyres are one of the stars of the show, according to Setanta online.
One of the biggest bonuses has been the fact that the tyres have helped all the teams, not just the big budget boys, to compete on a more level playing field.
The sports channel website puts the tyres in pole position when it comes to the effect of the new rules.
It reports: “Making a few quick assumptions; the cars are doing more or less the same lap times as they were in 2008 so from that we can assume that the increase in tyre grip of the slicks – which have around 20% more tread area by just filling in the groves – is equal to the overall loss of downforce, again of about 20%.
“But more importantly, the tyre grip is there for everyone, not just for the big budget teams with their big budget developments.
“This grip from the tyres is not affected by turbulence when following another car and this is really the component that is making this year’s racing better than for many years.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team