Yet another obstacle and ‘unknown’ for Mercedes

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Yet another obstacle and ‘unknown’ for Mercedes

Except for their excessive porpoising and a automobile that Mercedes aren’t certain is an efficient one, Andy Shovlin says the workforce is having to cope with yet one more impediment this season.

And that’s the new tyre regulation.

As of this season Method 1 has scrapped the rule that states that the highest ten qualifiers should begin the grand prix on the tyres they utilized in Q2.

As an alternative all 20 drivers can selected no matter compound they wish to use within the first stint of the race.

It’s one thing that each one the groups who’re used to being inside the highest ten are having to handle, and whereas it’s a quite simple change, Shovlin says it’s inflicting a little bit of a headache for Mercedes.

“The rule now could be actually quite simple,” the trackside engineering director stated as per GPFans.web.

“You don’t know what tyres persons are going to be on till the blankets are off so there is a little more of an unknown.

“We are able to’t do fairly the identical degree of planning after we are wanting on the technique.”

Yet another obstacle and ‘unknown’ for Mercedes

It’s not simply selecting the compounds that makes a distinction but in addition previous versus new tyres.

In Bahrain Charles Leclerc began on model new set of sentimental tyres whereas the 2 behind him, Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen, have been on used.

Though all three went soft-soft-medium, there was a tempo distinction within the first two between new and used tyres.

Saudi Arabia was extra conventional with nearly all of the sector going from medium to onerous tyres, solely Lewis Hamilton, Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen went onerous to medium.

“It would imply we are going to get a bit extra selection,” Shovlin stated of the revised tyre rule. “So that you might need somebody that has certified third or fourth on the grid who decides that they don’t seem to be going to get into first place off the beginning.


“However their odds are higher served if they really run a more durable tyre and go for longer.

“So I feel over time we are going to see a bit extra variation and it additionally does create a barely fairer image for all of the groups up and down the grid.”




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