Extra tyres for drivers on Friday at COTA

2012 United States Grand Prix

Pirelli tyres, Buddh International Circuit, 2012F1 drivers will get an extra set of hard tyres to use during Friday practice at the Circuit of the Americas to give them an extra opportunity to learn the new circuit.

“In many ways America will be the biggest challenge for us of the year,” said motorsport director Paul Hembery. “But stepping into the unknown is a situation that we are used to: last season the majority of tracks were completely new to us.

“We?ve chosen the hard and the medium compounds as we think it will be quite a demanding track, based on the asphalt samples and simulation data we have gathered.

“Naturally we?ve leaned towards a slightly more conservative choice in order to cover every possibility at a brand new circuit, but the tyre choice in Abu Dhabi was also conservative and yet we saw one of the most exciting races of the year.

“We?re all absolutely delighted to be returning to America with Formula One: it?s a crucial market for us as well as being the home of many of the most enthusiastic fans out there. We?ve felt a huge buzz about this race, and with the championship so finely poised it couldn?t come at a better time.”

Mark Webber said: “The track looks pretty quick: it?s got some very fast changes of directions, left-rights and fifth/sixth gear stuff, which is not hanging around for us.

“It looks like they?ve done a really good job and there are lots of undulations, which is important. With a new track there are always things we don?t really know until we get there, such as the subtleties of the cambers of the corners, which we will find out about on Friday.”

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31 comments on Extra tyres for drivers on Friday at COTA

  1. James (@jamesf1) said on 12th November 2012, 15:02

    Why? They are professional race drivers. They’ve done hours in simulators learning the track. How did drivers manage pre-2000? The one thing which has added to great racing this year (at the start at least) was the uncertainty on how the tyres would behave on track. The added complication of a new track would have made this a great race.

    • Girts (@girts) said on 12th November 2012, 15:10

      @JamesF1 Agreed, I think it’s gonna be a one stop race anyway, given the conservative choice of tyre compounds. Welcome to Bridgestone II.

      • James (@jamesf1) said on 12th November 2012, 15:11

        I understand why Pirelli have been more conservative on tyre choice, they dont want to be seen to be having too much interference with how the championship plays out.

        • Girts (@girts) said on 12th November 2012, 15:30

          I truly hope that they will bring more radical tyres for 2013 again…

          • @grits I don’t see how you can be so certain it’ll be a one stopper, it’s not even FP1 yet.

          • And I really hope they don’t.

            The tyre lottery of early 2012 was a complete Joke, The races have been far better since they started bringing proper tyres which allow the drivers to push/race hard.

    • Calum (@calum) said on 12th November 2012, 16:02

      It’s true that they have done hours in the simulators, and will get the hang of the track pretty quick on Friday, but the cynic in me thinks the extra tyres are to make sure there are plenty cars out on track during Practice 1 and 2 in order to put on as good as show as possible for the American audience!

      • James (@jamesf1) said on 12th November 2012, 16:47

        That’s a plausible theory. Some of the teams are probably running quite lean on remaining engines too, and probably wont fancy putting milage on older engines

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 13th November 2012, 6:46

        I don’t even think you need to be a cynic to think that @Calum. In fact, I would be perfectly comfortable to have them say it that way:
        Look, this is a new track, and its a return to the US, so its of great importance to get as much cars out there in all sessions so people will like the action (all the more because of a bit of a lack of support races).
        If only they would do so more often (think about the fans, that is)

        • Calum (@calum) said on 13th November 2012, 16:10

          @bascb
          Definitely, they were forced to take a step back by having to remove the New Jersey track from next year’s calender, even more reason for them to nail the Austin race this year, by making it as appealing to the fans as possible! More tyres is a good call!

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 12th November 2012, 21:53

      @jamesf1, “garbage in, garbage out” just where did the simulator information come from? Being able to get back to the start/finish line without getting lost is not the problem, the problem is learning to 1 one thousandth of a second the fastest way to do it along with how much fuel, tyre and break wear will be involved.

    • Kimi4WDC said on 12th November 2012, 22:48

      Most simulator work is done for base set-up, and to make driver unconscious about gear changes and track flow. At their level it will hardly aid them if at all in breaching that gap, at which they are competing with each other.

    • TotalMoonRace said on 13th November 2012, 10:29

      kimi managed it well without simulator run………

  2. Girts (@girts) said on 12th November 2012, 15:21

    the tyre choice in Abu Dhabi was also conservative and yet we saw one of the most exciting races of the year

    It’s true but… the excitement had practically nothing to do with the tyres. We were lucky to get a thrilling race but you cannot rely on collisions, safety cars or bugs in Red Bull’s fuel system every time.

  3. sumedhvidwans (@sumedhvidwans) said on 12th November 2012, 16:08

    I think they are giving extra tyres so that drivers go out on the dirty track on Friday.

  4. OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 12th November 2012, 16:38

    the consevative approach can be to avoid a Michelin-in-Indy like situation

    • verstappen (@verstappen) said on 12th November 2012, 22:32

      Indeed, if there’s one race to be conservative, it should be this one. They can’t have any problems with the tyres.

      Hope to see some good racing!

    • There shouldn’t be any problems anyway though: firstly, there’s no banking (which put unusually high loads into the tyres) and secondly Pirelli haven’t had a manufacturing defect! I understand that they have to be absolutely certain though, as we definety don’t want a repeat of Indy!

  5. I sometimes wonder why Pirelli bother being involved in Formula One. It seems they get bagged no matter what they do.

  6. This would make more sense if they’d brought the soft tyres, as then they would probably need the extra sets. I preferred the adventurous Pirelli who wanted to spice up the racing. Now there’s almost no oppurtunity for alternative strategies because the tyres are so conservative.

  7. HotRodMex (@hotrodmex) said on 13th November 2012, 0:13

    Since there has been absolutely no running on this track yet, I’m sure they are worried about degradation. The extra tires help the teams get more rubber down, which can only help them come Saturday and Sunday.

  8. Scalextric (@scalextric) said on 13th November 2012, 3:17

    Looks like rain is less likely than was forecast a few days ago. So these tires/tyres may actually all get used.

  9. Kimi4WDC said on 13th November 2012, 5:00

    By the looks of it, it seems like there is lots of events happening on COTA, so hopefully track is not going to be dusty as some other new venues. And track looked pretty clean during Lotus showcase.

  10. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 14th November 2012, 13:13

    Seems sensible to me. Didn’t they do this at India last year? The surface I expect will be very smooth but with abrasive qualities, owing to the fact that it’ll be completely green.

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