Drivers report high wear on intermediates

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Bridgestone’s new intermediate tyres are proving a challenge for F1 drivers who are reporting high levels of wear on the wet-weather rubber.

Nico H???lkenberg said the tyres were wearing out quickly in yesterday’s wet session at Jerez:

Even though we were picking up a lot of water on the track they still seemed too soft. They were wearing a lot quite quickly.
Nico H???lkenberg

Like the new slick tyres, this year’s intermediate sets feature narrower front widths.

Jenson Button also reported high levels of wear but thinks the problem may be down to the Jerez track. He said:

It’s quite an abrasive surface here. The wet tyre felt like it would last forever but the intermediate had a much shorter lifespan. I think that was the same for everyone. It’s about keeping a balance so you’re not destroying one end. It is an abrasive surface and layout here and we saw the same thing last year.
Jenson Button

Wet weather is expected to return during the next two days of testing at Jerez, which should give the drivers further opportunity to test the intermediate tyres.