Teams haven’t sussed out tyres yet – Ferrari

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Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013In the round-up: Ferrari technical director Pat Fry says there are still many unknowns about the new 2013-specification tyres:

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Fry: “The key will be understanding the tyres” (Ferrari)

“All the teams, ourselves included, will still have a lot to learn about the tyres in Melbourne. The performance and the degradation of the tyres will be the determining factor in establishing how competitive everyone is.”

Raikkonen insists reliability not a worry (Autosport)

“The few times that problems have cost us many hours, it’s always been the same thing. And we don’t expect it to happen when it’s warmer.”

Newin and Tilke to build racing circuit in Buri Ram (The Nation)

Buriram United president Newin Chidchob: “Why don’t we build a track for F1? Personally, I don’t see it feasible because there’re approximately 40 venues around the world that can host F1 race but there’re only 18 races for a season. So, there’s a possibility that our track would not be included in the F1 calendar.”

Schumacher withdraws from karting event (GP Update)

“The seven-time Formula 1 world champion, who was part of a five-strong Tony Kart entry, took the decision to sit out after Thursday and Friday’s practice sessions.”

Barrichello struggles in stock car debut in Brazil (CBS Sports)

“Former Formula One driver Rubens Barrichello struggled in his first race after joining a stock car series in Brazil, finishing 25th after blowing a tire at Interlagos circuit Sunday.”

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Thoughts on Red Bull’s testing pace from @AdrianMorse:

Red Bull are obviously hiding (or at least not demonstrating) their ultimate pace ?ǣ there?s no way they are more than two seconds off the pace. At the same time, I think the Mercedes and Ferrari must have been pretty light when they set those times. I don?t believe they?re almost two seconds faster than last year?s pole with 30kg of fuel in the tank.
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42 comments on Teams haven’t sussed out tyres yet – Ferrari

  1. Girts (@girts) said on 4th March 2013, 9:22

    Well said, @AdrianMorse, I completely agree with you.

    The experts currently seem to think that either it is very close or Red Bull is ahead everyone else. As I understand, the car looks good on the track, it doesn’t understeer or obviously lack downforce. Red Bulls didn’t really try to set a quick lap time but that probably just shows how confident they feel about the car’s pace.

    For sure, the track configuration changes the pecking order every race, there will be higher temperatures at Melbourne and Sepang and new parts on cars will appear at every race. There are too many factors that have impact on the performance so I wouldn’t put my money on any team at the moment. And RBR don’t look like Brawn at the beginning of 2009 or McLaren at the beginning of 1998 either. But there is no reason to think that they won’t be fighting for both titles from the very beginning.

  2. Cosmas (@cosmas) said on 4th March 2013, 11:16

    Rosberg’s time of 1:20.1 is only 0.2s slower than the fastest ever time in this track of 1:19.954 which is set by Barichello with the Brawn in Q2 in 2009 season. That year the cars were fitted with the double (blown?) diffusers and they could run in the race trim fastest laps in the 1:22 margin. In comparison last years fastest laps in the race where in the 1:26s and the pole lap 1:21.7. Mercedes(and ferraris) time’s are the fastest in this track in the last 4 years , so even if they managed that with empty tanks, its very impressive.

  3. Cosmas (@cosmas) said on 4th March 2013, 11:34

    Last day of testing we saw Lotus experimenting with exhaust covers, which probably improves the airflow in this area and because of that improves the times.
    Obviously that’s not allowed during the championship, but in testing the teams can test anything they want even if that is outside the technical regulations.
    Equally with Lotus maybe other teams also experimented with solutions outside the regulations just to exaggerate in some areas as to see in which direction to evolve some parts or to see if the developing of certain parts is worth.
    What i’m trying to say is that, this is another factor in the equation of how fast each team was in testing(Beside the unknown quantity of fuel and sometimes tyre selection etc.)

  4. Jon Sandor (@jonsan) said on 4th March 2013, 16:46

    Why are Ferrari “moaning” about the tyres?

    (Just kidding: I saw a number of people claiming that Vettel was “moaning” for making the exact same comments. Why is there so much more fan boyism in F1 than in other sports?)

    Yes, it looks like the start of this season will resemble the start of last season, with drivers and teams scrambling to come to grips (get it?) with the new tyres. So there may be “false dawns” like the wins for Mercedes and Williams last year.

  5. Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 4th March 2013, 16:47

    Sebastian Vettel has commented on the relevance of this years testing times, interestingly though he has not made any mention of fuel loads.

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