Vettel on tyres for next season

27-11-2018 17:19 | Updated: 27-11-2018 19:48
by Bevan Youl
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Vettel on tyres for next season

Sebastian Vettel has noticed only minor changes in Pirelli’s compound tyres for the 2019 season in testing at Abu Dhabi.

Sebastian Vettel has noticed only minor changes in Pirelli’s compound tyres for the 2019 season in testing at Abu Dhabi.

Vettel had been testing out the tyres at the Yas Marina Circuit for Ferrari over sixty-nine laps, stating that “the differences were quite small,” in comparison to the 2018 tyres.

“Speaking to Pirelli I think the whole band is a little bit closer together, so the Hypersoft is more towards the rest, and the Hard tyre – which we didn’t use – should be more towards the rest of the tyres that are softer.” As quoted on crash.net.

“The biggest thing to look forward to, which tracks Pirelli has decided to bring which compound, because that can make more difference than maybe the step now from ‘18 to ‘19.”

The German set the pace on the first day of testing after encountering some minor issues after a small crash at turn 1, part way through the day.

“I would have liked to do a little bit more, especially longer runs, so we missed a little bit of that. I think Charles will get hopefully more track time tomorrow and some more answers.”

Lando Norris, McLaren driver for 2019 alongside Carlos Sainz, also felt the same about the difference in the tyres as Vettel.

“None were hugely different,” Said Norris. “But there were a couple of differences. They weren’t exactly the same, some were a tiny bit better, some a tiny bit worse. Nothing too dramatic."

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