Grosjean asks for more freedom with tyre set-up

07-03-2019 12:31
by Bobby Vincent
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Grosjean asks for more freedom with tyre set-up

Romain Grosjean has pleaded for more freedom over the Formula 1 drivers' choice of tyres.

Pirelli, F1's official tyre supplier placed lower maximum temperatures on the tyre blankets during pre-season testing in Barcelona, and Grosjean described it as "fairly tricky" to get the best out of the tyres.

Since Pirelli were confirmed as the sport's new tyre suppliers eight years ago now, restrictions have been introduced about how teams may use their tyres, such as minimum tyre pressures and maximum camber angles.

"I just feel that we should be able to do what we want (with the tyres)," the Haas F1 driver said to Race Fans. "Choose our tyre pressure, choose our camber, choose our blanket temperature. That's really what I feel from the past: In Formula Renault, Formula Three, GP2, you can play and adjust to your liking a bit more.

"But 80C blanket temperatures in some places could be tricky."

Grosjean is one of the directors of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association and he has revealed he hopes to bring the matter up at a meeting at next week's season opener in Melbourne.

"We haven't had a chance to meet everyone for the GPDA but I'm sure we will meet in Melbourne and discuss," Grosjean continued. "Maybe I'm the only one not being a huge fan of this.

"In that case as I say I will adapt and I think already we've adapted quite well. It's just that we need to re-learn a lot of things that we had nicely in our pocket."

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