What they say
Magnussen said the marks from the tyre moulds are still visible after several laps of running:
A difficult day for us. We’re not making the tyres work at all. It’s basically like plastic tyres. They’re just not being used, after seven, eight laps, they’re still completely new and you can see the line from the mould when they were made. Just not using it at all.
It’s very tough to go anywhere from there when the tyres are just simply not working, not suiting our car for whatever reason. It’s tough. Downforce-wise we’ve been up and down a little bit today to try and pursue the right level.
I’ve not got the hydraulic suspension this weekend, that makes a big difference on this track so with the tyres being so on the limit it’s also not ideal having to go less downforce. It’s a little bit of a difficult situation, we’ll see if we can manage.
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