Hembery: “The new rules have opened up the strategy”


The GP of Australia left the victory of Nico Rosberg, a new sample of the supremacy of Mercedes -perhaps less accentuated, a good Ferrari, and some surprises, both positive and negative. However, the weekend at Albert Park served to evaluate the major developments, which presents the season 2016 Formula 1. Almost all eyes were fixed on the new qualifying format and the new rules on tyres. While the classification by elimination she was shot and killed by drivers, teams and fans, it seems that the new regulation on tyres has been welcomed by all.

so Much so that it seems that there is consensus in affirming that the availability of using three compounds of different tyre during the race has increased the strategic options and therefore has given a new variant to the races. And the data speak for themselves, as he gets to say Paul Hembery, Director of Pirelli: “The GP of Australia demonstrates how the new rules have opened the strategy. The approach is now different. In fact, nine of the 16 cars that finished the race used the three compounds offered and five of the first six pilots used strategies completely different”.

In this line, Paddy Lowe, Technical Director of Mercedes, is delighted with the great variety of strategic that is available with this new regulation, which benefited from Mercedes to use the medium compound by surprise, a trend later followed by other pilots after the red flag: Taving three compounds in the race has been a change that we promoted at the end of the year to add an element of uncertainty and excitement to the races. I Think that it has come out really well“.