Formula One racer Heikki Kovalainen, often described as ‘wing man’ to his McLaren team mate Lewis Hamilton, is delighted with the return of slick tyres.
The Finnish driver is reported to be looking forward to the switch from grooved tyres back to slicks, because they give more feedback and are more fun in slow corners.
Kovalainen said: “For me, it’s the right way to go. To be able to be aggressive with the car. It grips the ground better.”
He says the decision by Bridgestone to supply two vastly different compounds of race tyre, one for speed and the other for durability, could bring new tactical choices into the mix for the Australian Grand Prix.
“It’s something we need to bear in mind,” he said.
“Once the tyres give up you can lose many seconds a lap. The difference is more than we had last year. We think one tyre will be much more durable.
“In theory at least, one tyre will be very weak. It might be good for a single lap but not so durable.”
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Alex Kapadia, Operations Executive