Looking back over the previous races of the current season, Ferrari really needs to improve its race strategy, one thing that this team had always been proud of, no question of it. There are so many things that went wrong for them this year and it is absolutely outlandish to realize that the only 2 teams that are yet to score any points are Force India and Ferrari.
On top of the bad decisions made by Ferrari this year is in Sepang when Kimi drove with full wet tyres when the track was still hot and dry. Haven’t they get the idea that Malaysia is a country where the temperature and humidity rise so high that walking out for 5 minutes made a person feels as if he needed a shower? Thus, a few drops of rains definitely wouldn’t make any difference to the track as the condition will dry out so fast.
I don’t know who had made the awful decision on that day because as far as I know, usually the team will propose an idea but it’s all up to the driver to make the final decision. Maybe the bad call was made by Kimi or maybe the blame should go to the forecast because if the imminent heavy rain has fallen as forecasted, it would have been a good call. But I’m not going to talk about where should the blame goes to because I am confident that they will figure out some solutions to beat Brawn GP because the team has existed since before Ross Brawn was born, there’s a perspective to them.
What amazed me more here is that how the damn most high-tech tyres on earth used in each race play a very significant role in the performance of the car. The tyres bear only a superficial resemblance to a normal road tyre and they can only last for less than one race distance. Every team in the race use the same tyres as there’s only one manufacturer for formula one but what really make a big difference in every race strategy is the type of the tyres choose by the team to meet the condition in each race.
The tyre can be categorized into several types, determined by the compound of the rubber used. The ‘softness’ or ‘hardness’ of rubber compounds is varied for each race according to the known characteristics of the track. General speaking, every track has their own specific tyres but both compounds are available to each team at every GP and they have to use both specifications during the single race. That is for a dry condition.
As for wet condition, there are intermediate and wet-weather tyres which have a full tread pattern that is mathematically designed to scrub the maximum amount of water possible from the track surface. A driver’s worst nightmare is a condition known as ‘aquaplaning’ in which the car is floating as a film of water builds up between the tyre and the track.
After the whole bad weekend in Malaysia, I hope Ferrari can still do a come back this weekend in Shanghai, China. All the best, Ferrari~ 🙂