Zurich Gnome

The journal of a Swiss-based motor-racing enthusiast.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Testing at Paul Ricard

Following on from the previous post about testing at Silverstone, where I said that I would have opted to test in France, rather than rainy England, it transpires that there is another reason for testing near the Mediterranean.

Apparently Ferrari and Toyota are testing there at Bridgestone's request, as the tarmac surface most closely resembles that of Monaco. And because Monaco is a much slower race than any other, Bridgestone are producing special, softer, tyres for that race. And they need to be evaluated, hence the tests. It's still difficult to get meaningful results though, as the Ricard track has faster corners that generate more heat in the front tyres (and thus more rapid wear) but it's still considered worth the effort.

Just thought you'd like to know.


At 9:00 PM, Blogger Qwerty said...

If the tyres can take the wear and tear of Paul Ricard, wouldn't it make sense that it would do very well in Monaco? But then again I think they were using a shorter configuration at the HTTT as seen by the lap times.

At 3:49 PM, Blogger ZurichGnome said...

True, but if it can take the wear at the HTTT then it might not be as soft as it could be for Monaco...

And yes, it's the short configuration, but apparently the corners are still a bit too fast.


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