The Barcelona take a look at was the primary time groups and drivers had been in a position to expertise the definitive 18-inch race tyres mated to the 2022 automobiles that they had been designed for, having examined them on transformed mule automobiles final yr.
On condition that a lot else was new within the 2022 bundle, tyres weren’t a significant subject of dialog within the Barcelona paddock, suggesting that the change had not made a major distinction.
Nevertheless, Sainz, who ran extra laps over the week than anybody else, believes that they may permit drivers to race more durable, which is one thing that has been referred to as for in latest seasons.
“I did fairly a little bit of testing final yr, I believe I did three or 4 days in complete with the compounds,” stated the Spaniard.
“They usually seem like they’re suiting properly this new technology of automobiles, they usually look to be a minimum of permitting you to push a bit extra on them.
“And in comparison with different years, perhaps a bit much less overheating, a bit much less deg, however there’s nonetheless deg, they’re nonetheless a tyre that degrades a tyre that overheats, however the scale of it for me personally, I really feel like it is a bit higher. And the work performed by Pirelli final yr and the event appears to begin to repay a bit.”
Sainz additionally indicated that there’s now a probably bigger lap time delta between the compounds, one thing that ought to add curiosity to races.
“There appears to be like to be additionally fairly a giant step from compounds, which is one thing that in the previous few years, for instance, the C2, C3 and C4 had been all very shut to one another,” he added.
“And right here there appears to be, a minimum of round Barcelona, fairly a giant step in grip from one compound to a different. So it may perhaps combine up issues in races a bit. So in that sense some further variations
there in comparison with final yr.”
Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo C42
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“I’ve to say they’ve truly been feeling a bit higher than I used to be anticipating,” stated the Finn. “Based mostly on what I felt within the within the take a look at in Abu Dhabi on the finish of final yr. In Abu Dhabi, we had been experiencing fairly a little bit of graining, right here that is been truly a minimal challenge.
“So with the restricted quantity of laps I’ve bought to this point they have been truly okay, however we are going to see higher in Bahrain.”
“The working ranges appear to be slightly bit extra forgiving,” he stated. “However it’s arduous to say, clearly it is fairly chilly out right here proper now.
“And it all the time feels fairly good presently of yr round Barcelona. I believe we’ll see how it’s in Bahrain as soon as the temperatures decide up, however for now it is fairly constructive.”
Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll was much less bullish than a few of his colleagues, noting: “For me their behaviour has been similar to prior to now.
“From what I felt in the long term, they overheat, they degrade. These are issues that the tyres have been doing in earlier years.”