Ferrari say they have made progress with the difficulties they experienced with Pirelli’s new hard tyre.
Pat Fry, who took over from former technical director Aldo Costa following the race, say they “understand” the problems they experienced in Barcelona:
“Trying to make the hard tyres work is quite difficult. If you look at some of the smaller teams, they could never get the hard tyre working at all.
“So you’ve got quite a large spread in the speed of the various cars, and that grows as the tyres get hot.
“We had a few issues which we’ve been working on last week, and we now understand, that were giving us some particular issues that exaggerated the problems that people have on the hard tyre.
“Hopefully we’ve got an understanding of that now and have been working on fixing it”.
The teams will use the soft and super-soft tyres for the Canadian Grand Prix this weekend. Fry expects it to be less challenging than last year’s race was in terms of tyre use:
“It’s a bit like Monaco, I suppose, where it’s all about traction and braking. The braking is always a challenge there compared to Monaco. But the traction and how the car uses its tyres at the corner exit will be very key for how quickly the rear tyres wear out.
“It’s the same two compounds again [as were used in Monaco] but, if anything, I think it’ll be slightly less trouble than last year because the compounds are that little bit harder”.
He added the team will have updates on its diffuser and rear wing this weekend.
See the video above for more from Fry on the strategies used in Monaco and the special demands placed on brakes at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, and also thoughts from engine and electronics director Luca Marmorini.
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