LM10 wrote: ↑
Thu May 02, 2019 11:13 am
zibby43 wrote: ↑
Thu May 02, 2019 5:25 am
I'm aware of the words Vettel used after the tests last year. And I don't see what should be so surprising about what he told. If a team has blisters on the thin threaded tyres (which Ferrari had on that particular track), then they most probably will have blistering on the other tyres too, since they are not designed to overheat less like the thin threaded ones.
This doesn't change the observations of the last years which were that, generally spoken, Ferrari has had less tyre related (overheating) problems than Mercedes.
I've read a person's comment on this forum who told that this year's regulation changes put Mercedes into a disadvantageous position in comparison to their opponents. If it's allowed to tell such a thing, why isn't it to tell that the tyre changes, on the other hand, helped Mercedes?
This is a reasonable post with good, fair questions.
Before I posted the photo of the blistering Ferrari suffered last year, combined with the excerpt from the article by Mark Hughes, and Vettel's comments, it seemed that people forgot that Ferrari also benefited from the new tires after their stumble in Barcelona.
The thinner-gauge tires were used at Silverstone last year, and Ferrari were rapid there. They also were much better on tire life than they were in 2017, where they killed their (thicker Pirelli) tires and were a non-factor in the race.
Accordingly, it's fine to suggest that Mercedes has perhaps benefited incidentally from the construction of the tires, but it would be wise to also acknowledge that Mercedes knew this change was coming since last year, and also probably designed a car to capitalize upon the construction of the tires.
In short, let's give them some credit.
Ferrari knew the tire change was coming this year as well, and as recently as last year, after they stumbled with them in Barcelona ('18), they found a way to setup their car to work on the thinner-tread tires. They seemed to be coping with them just fine in testing this year as well.
Hope that seems reasonable as well.