No mystery that I am on record as not being a huge fan of the high degradation tires. I tend to like the concept of the tires being made to a specific spec and offering a prime and option for each race. Now, I know fans of the current Pirelli HD tires and the impact it has on the Formula 1 series will disagree with me, but I am curious of what you may think of Daniel Ricciardo’s position.
“I don’t know why we can’t have the hypersoft at every race,” he said. “Or at least we qualify on it and maybe figure it out after that.
“But at least we’ve got a qualifying tyre and then bigger differences in the race to create a bit more opportunity.
“For the top six it was already obvious from Friday [at Barcelona] we were going to qualify on the soft [in Q2, to start the race on that compound] and try to do a one-stop with the medium. That’s no secret.
“That’s what it is – just trying to create more options, more surprises, because it’s a bit predictable for now.”
Pirelli might argue that the new tire compounds and additional compounds they’ve introduced this year are what is actually creating a more unpredictability in the racing we’ve seen so far and I might agree with that to a point. I think the teams have been struggling to get on top of the new compounds and that’s added a bit of drama.
Mercedes certainly liked the special Spanish Grand Prix tires while Ferrari didn’t but up until Spain, Ferrari were at home on the tire compounds on offer and Mercedes struggled a bit. At least that’s what it seemed like to me but I could be wrong, of course.
What about having the Hypersoft at every race as a qualifying tire and possible spanner in the works for teams to use tactically? Is that a good idea or do you feel it would lead to more confusion or other issues?
Hat Tip: Autosport