Formula 1

Pirelli not concerned by blistering on tyres during Brazilian GP opening day

1 Mins read
Pirelli tyres - 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix
Credit: Pirelli Motorsport

Pirelli Motorsport are happy with the performance of their tyres after the first two practice sessions of the Brazilian Grand Prix today.

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen set the fastest time of 1:09.011 in the first practice session on the new Supersoft compound, with the top three being covered by 0.096 seconds.

The second session saw Valtteri Bottas fastest ahead of Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport team-mate Lewis Hamilton with a time of 1:08.846, again on the Supersoft tyres, with the top three even closer with 0.073 seconds.

“As usual, it was very close at Interlagos, meaning that just the smallest mistake or adjustment could result in quite a big difference.” said Pirelli Head of Car Racing Mario Isola.

“The same applies to the strategy too, which can make a real difference when everything else is so closely-matched.

“At the moment, it’s hard to make any predictions about the competitive order here, but the tyres are reacting as we expected them to.”

Heading in to the weekend there was some concerns of blistering, and while there was some signs of degradation, Pirelli were happy with the outcome from the two sessions.

“We’ve not seen any cases of excessive degradation – only some blistering that didn’t affect performance – even though the lap times are nearly a second faster than their equivalents last year.

“Teams were using quite varied run plans during both sessions today, so it’s going to beinteresting to see whether or not that translates into a few different strategies on Sunday.”

Avatar photo
3032 posts

About author
Founder and Editor-In-Chief of The Checkered Flag who grew up visiting race circuits around the UK also a freelance motorsport PR officer. Outside of motorsport a lover of music, photography, NBA and NFL.
Related posts
Formula 1

Ricciardo in the Spotlight: Montreal Performance and the Road Ahead

6 Mins read
Will a good weekend in Montreal be the start of a revival for Daniel Ricciardo in 2024? TCF takes a look at his performance and the road ahead.
Formula 1

2024 Canadian Grand Prix: What the Drivers are Saying after the Race

11 Mins read
Following 70 laps of incredible racing in Montreal, the drivers review their performances in a thrilling wet-to-dry race.
Formula 1

2024 Canadian Grand Prix: Verstappen Takes Impressive Victory in Thrilling Wet-to-Dry Race

5 Mins read
Max Verstappen took an impressive victory in a thrilling wet-to-dry race in Montreal, with Lando Norris and George Russell on the podium.