It should come as little surprise that the good old British weather is having a hand in the goings on at Silverstone this weekend – especially concerning tyres strategy.
Asked about the considerations for the British Grand Prix this afternoon, Hirohide Hamashima, director of motorsport tyres development for Bridgestone, said: “First and foremost the weather will be a very big factor here, just as we have seen so many times at Silverstone.
“If it is wet like last year there will be the difficult decisions of whether to use the intermediate or wet Bridgestone, or decide if it is dry enough to use the hard or soft dry tyre.
“If there is no rain and the temperature is cool then the hard tyre is taking around 3-4 laps to get up to speed, so the soft tyre could be the favoured starting tyre. There is good potential for an exciting race tomorrow.”
Brawn ace Jenson Button has already blamed the cold weather on the failure to get the tyres going during the qualifying session, which means he is starting the race from sixth position!
One of his only points rivals, Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel has snatched poll position.
Hamashima said: “In qualifying we saw some very fast lap times, with Sebastian Vettel setting the day’s fastest time using the hard tyre in Q2 and also setting pole with the soft tyre.
“Silverstone is a high speed circuit which the current generation cars and our slick tyres are suiting very well.”
With Jenson starting from sixth position and last years winner Lewis Hamilton way back in 19th place, it’s probably an understatement to say it’s all put a bit of a dampener on the event for the British fans.