Pirelli Components 1 boss Mario Isola admits the Italian firm would have introduced softer tyres to the Turkish Grand Prix had it identified in time the monitor was being resurfaced.
Pirelli realized in regards to the plan to put a brand new floor on the historically abrasive Istanbul Park monitor a number of weeks after committing to its three hardest compounds; the C1, C2 and C3.
After a day when all drivers struggled on the slippery new floor, Isola stated with extra discover Pirelli would have gone a step softer and introduced the C2, C3 and C4 vary, probably giving drivers extra probability of discovering grip over the course of the weekend.
Mockingly Pirelli did not know in regards to the deliberate floor change regardless of having robust connections to Turkey, with a manufacturing unit not removed from the circuit.
“Clearly we had the details about the resurfacing of the monitor fairly late,” stated Isola. “And we did not know in regards to the traits of the tarmac.
“Now we have a tyre alternative that’s fairly conservative contemplating the situation of the tarmac, and the kind of tarmac we now have now.
“I used to be anticipating a tarmac that was extra just like Portimao, the place we had clean tarmac, with bitumen on high, and tyres have been capable of develop some grip.
“As an alternative right here we had no grip, in all probability a mix of the temperature, the truth that it was damp, the kind of tarmac, and the choice that’s fairly onerous, the toughest that we are able to have.
“This circuit was resurfaced with the help of Tilke I imagine, whereas Portimao was resurfaced with the help of Dromo, they’re two firms which can be working round that. So that they in all probability used a special materials.”
Concerning the decision on resurfacing he stated: “I imagine it was fairly a late choice additionally from the circuit. We’re effectively linked with the FIA in a traditional scenario, and on tracks the place we used to go we now have the knowledge prematurely. This yr, it was a bit harder.
“New native promoters, possibly the knowledge was not so clear. However the result’s that I acquired the knowledge that the plan was to have a brand new tarmac I imagine 4 weeks in the past, simply earlier than the beginning of the works on the monitor.
“I imagine that they needed to be prepared with the circuit with a brand new picture and the whole lot in good situation. The tarmac was for certain fairly previous, however this doesn’t suggest that it was not good for racing.
“So it was a call we now have to just accept, principally, it is achieved. So there may be little or no we are able to do. However the result’s this one, principally little or no grip.
“I imply, it isn’t a drama, for my part, as a result of it is an extra problem for drivers. And it is a bit of unpredictability for the engineers. So when you may have this type of scenario, typically you may have even higher racing.”
Isola additionally confirmed there was not sufficient time to alter the compound alternative, because the tyres destined for Istanbul have been already within the system.
“4 weeks was not sufficient for us to alter the allocation, principally we already produced the tyres, and the tyres have been travelling to Turkey. The tyres are made in Romania, after which we now have to go to Didcot for the grading, as a result of the allocation is made by the FIA,” he defined.
“So we now have to do that job earlier than occurring monitor, in any other case we do not have the chance to load the tyres on the trailer in a sure strategy to be fast in becoming, based on the FIA allocation. After which the vans have been travelling to Turkey.
“So even when we now have the manufacturing unit that may be very shut, half an hour from right here, we did not get the knowledge.
“What we did is our colleagues from the Turkish manufacturing unit helped us to measure the tarmac, as quickly as they completed the resurfacing of the circuit. Now we have a tarmac that may be very clean, each macro roughness, and micro roughness.
“We measured it once more yesterday, barely totally different numbers, however once more, not an aggressive asphalt, like we used to know in Istanbul. Mainly, our choice on the allocation was based mostly on the circuit structure, the severity, Flip 8 and the kind of tarmac.
“It’s clear that now the choice is a bit too onerous for this circuit.”
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