Formula One teams face more trying times ahead at the Chinese Grand Prix as they prepare their tyres tactics and strategies for next weekends race.
Hirohide Hamashima, director of Motorsport Tyre Development for Bridgestone, talked about the challenges the drivers face in Shanghai next Sunday.
He said: “Shanghai International Circuit is severe on tyres. There are very high lateral forces and we expect to see graining on the front left tyres, especially caused by the increasing radius turn two and the banked turn thirteen.
“We could also see graining on the rear tyres here too. The circuit layout means that a medium downforce set-up will be used, as there are two long straights, but a large percentage of the track is also very twisty and technical.
“For the teams and drivers, finding the correct set-up to make the best use of their tyres will be a big challenge.”
Due to the change in rules which means there is a wider differential between the two compounds, Bridgestone will be wheeling out the super-soft and medium tyres for the third race of the season.
Mr Hamashima explained the difficulties of managing the super soft compound. He said: “In Australia there was a particular challenge of graining on the super soft tyre, however this graining varied across the teams between the front and the rear, which means that the correct compromise set-up for these new cars is still being found.
“For this reason we would expect less graining in China as the teams now have better understanding of their cars than at the first race. Also, Shanghai is a permanent race track so the track surface should be better.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team