Join Paul and me as we review the FIA Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix. We also discuss Paul and the Heart of Racing’s Sprint Cup championship in the IMSA series!
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Regarding Vettels tyre choice: yes, it was a very poor choice and he deserves the donkey award for it. But because of the abrasiveness of the track, I believe he thought the soft would not last until the end if the slick would work and only the medium tyre would ensure a one stop strategy. Unfortunately for him, we do not live in that parallel universe where a slick would work at all. :-) But I respect his driving skills … how he did not throw that Aston into the wall I do not know. Compare that to Lance in… Read more »
Agreed. I think the abrasives of teh circuit, even in damp conditions, gave them pause about using Soft thinking it would wear quickly so they chose Mediums. That would be my guess as to why they chose mediums. I have to assume the team also know the wear rate of the Inters and the type of compound it is so is it closer to medium or soft in pliability etc? My layman’s guess would be that it is closer to Soft compound than medium but that may not be the case. The team would know, though.
Am I tripping, or was there not an era where different compounds on either side of an F1 car was a thing? Obviously the tires were very different back then, but I seem to remember someone like a Senna or a Prost talking of using hards on the ‘outside’ of the car for circuits like Mexico for example… I could look it up but this is more fun.