Race at Interlagos Highlights Tyre Issues
The recent race at Interlagos was a challenging one for many drivers due to the poor performance of the tyres. While race winner Max Verstappen and polesitter Lando Norris managed to break away at the front, the mid-pack faced difficulties with DRS trains and the need for significant lifting and coasting to control tyre wear and temperatures.
Tyre strategy played a crucial role in the race, with almost all but three racers starting on soft tyres for the 24-lap Saturday race. However, the three drivers who opted for medium tyres – the Haas cars and Logan Sargeant of Williams – soon discovered that they were also experiencing issues with excessive tyre wear.
Many drivers expressed their frustration with the poor quality of the tyres during the race. Several called out the tyres as being “terrible to drive” and criticized their overall performance. The combination of the high-speed nature of the Interlagos track and the demanding corners put significant strain on the tyres, leading to increased wear and decreased grip.
The use of DRS, or Drag Reduction System, also contributed to the tyre challenges. DRS trains formed in the mid-pack, as drivers attempted to gain an advantage by using the system. However, this resulted in compromises in tyre performance, with drivers having to lift off the throttle and coast through corners to manage the tyre temperatures and prevent excessive wear.
It is vital for Formula 1 teams and tyre manufacturers to address these issues promptly. The drivers’ complaints indicate that improvements need to be made to enhance the durability and performance of the tyres.
In conclusion, the race at Interlagos highlighted the difficulties faced by drivers due to the poor quality of the tyres. The high-speed nature of the track, combined with the demands of the corners and the use of DRS, resulted in excessive wear and compromises in performance. It is essential for improvements to be made to provide drivers with tyres that are better suited to the challenging conditions of Formula 1 races.