The Italian supplier has originally brought the tyre to give teams a second chance to test the changed compound – the same that was used during the Spanish Grand Prix practice. However it was limited by the wet FP1 and FP2 failed to yield much data either as teams switched focus to their race and qualifying runs.
Speaking in a team statement, the Motorsport Director said: “Because of the rain, it meant that the drivers didn’t get as much running as they would have liked on the two sets of new prototype tyres that we brought here for free practice only, which is actually the same prototype hard tyre that we brought to Spain last month. On that occasion the running on this tyre was curtailed again due to rain during free practice.”
He admitted that it was frustrating but expected due to the nature of the British weather: “So that was frustrating but not all together surprising this time, given that we’re in England! The morning session was a complete washout but it did at least give the teams some valuable knowledge of the full wet tyres, which have not been used that often this year despite a few wet sessions. This afternoon’s session finally had some running on the prototype tyres but we did not gain a lot of data because of a lack of track time this morning.”
Hembery expects a range of differing strategies to be used during the race due to the lap difference between the medium and hard compounds: “The medium and hard race compounds so far show a difference in lap time of around one second, but we still have plenty of data to analyse. With tomorrow and Sunday expected to be dry, it will be interesting to see how the teams adapt their strategies.”
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