Concerns Formula One’s new restarts procedure for 2018 may cause “carnage” have been downplayed by drivers and the FIA.
However Valtteri Bottas believes the cool conditions of testing exaggerated the problem.
“We tested in the evening the start practice with an aborted start and another formation lap,” he explained. “Definitely these conditions at that time of day the tyres do get really cold. And it gets tricky and very difficult to get temperature in the tyres.”
“But here in Barcelona for the winter tests it’s always the same case. And it’s easier during the year so I’m less concerned for many other places, other circuits but I guess we will find out.”
Nico Hulkenberg admitted a drop in tyre temperatures “could be” a concern if drivers have to do several laps at low speed before the start. “The formation lap is also not racing speed but the more laps you do, could be a bit like that,” he said.
Grosjean predicted drivers would pit to put on warmer tyres instead of taking a standing start on tyres which had cooled. However FIA race director Charlie Whiting doubts this will happen and said “no driver’s spoken to me” with concerns about the new system.
“It seems a bit of an odd comment to me because they all put new tyres on whenever there’s a red flag,” said Whiting.
“The grip was quite low in Barcelona anyway. They didn’t put new tyres on because it was a quick procedure. So I’m not overly concerned about that.”
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