“One-lap tyres” appeal to Vergne

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013Jean-Eric Vergne said he liked the challenge of racing with Pirelli’s aggressive 2013 tyre compounds despite his “looking like cauliflowers” during testing at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Vergne said the tyres suited his “quite aggressive” style. “We had a really busy programme with long runs in sometimes, long runs for these tyres I would say,” he told media in Barcelona.

“If there is one thing I like about these tyres is it’s a one-lap tyre. That’s pretty nice, you have one lap, you just have to go for it and that’s it.”

“It’s really tricky, you have only one lap and then you have a lot of graining,” he added. “It’s difficult.”

“It’s definitely more than last year. Last year it was at least possible to make a test. Now it’s impossible to test – you have the new tyres and then you lose minimum four seconds for the run after. So it’s really, really tricky.”

However he expects the situation to improve before the first race of the year: “Last year we had the same concern and in the end of the year there were some teams that were able to make a one-stop strategy in the race.

“People always start talking a bit too early. But if nobody improves the tyre management we might end up seeing races with many, many pit stops!”

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