Heavy Rain, Tricky Tires to Guarantee Exciting German GP
Consequently, the behavior of an F1 car should shift dramatically depending on the tires – super soft and hard – and the weather. According to the Polish driver, the super soft tires won't last for a single lap on the German circuit, while the hard ones could lead to a race-long stint on Sunday.
“At first sight, the super soft may struggle to do even one lap in qualifying, while the hard compound could go on forever. The weather and the track conditions will have a big influence on how they perform but, from experience, it will be tricky to make the super soft tyre work properly, while the hard tyre should be okay,” said Kubica in a preview for the German Grand Prix.
“The other factor is that we may see a big balance shift between compounds, and that may make the weekend quite tricky and interesting from the tyre point of view,” added the Pole.
Under the circumstances, it's interesting to watch how the qualifying strategies will play out on Sunday: will the Q3 drivers use the super soft compound to score a better lap time and have a chance at pole position or they'll prefer to use the hard one and opt for a race-long stint on Sunday action.
As far as the weather goes, the latest reports from Germany suggest heavy rain is coming the Hockenheim way this weekend, which should provide the teams with yet another big challenge: getting the hard tires up to temperature during race day. Needless to say, all of those coordinates are leading to an exciting weekend ahead.