Following Barcelona test, McLaren’s Sergio Perez says that Pirelli new tyre compounds degradation is an extreme stage. Also the Mexican predicts - “I definitely hope that it changes because if we see this situation in Melbourne then we are going to need something like seven to ten pit-stops to manage the race."
“The teams experienced quite high degradation in Barcelona, and that was really down to the weather,” Pirelli’s motorsport director, Paul Hembery told Formula1.com.
“The conditions we had in Barcelona are far from typical of the rest of the season, with much cooler ambient and track temperatures than we would normally race in, and even some rain on the final day. This put the tyres outside of their usual working ranges, which led to problems such as graining.
“The conditions were particularly unsuited to the supersoft tyre, due to the circuit layout and the roughness of the surface in addition to the cold temperatures. Coupled with the fact that teams are still making big set-up adjustments to their new cars and trying out our complete range of our tyres to optimise the package, we saw levels of degradation that are not typical.” Paul added.
“Once we get to Melbourne the tyres should be much more within their intended working range, which will eliminate the unusual amount of degradation that some teams have experienced.”
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