Ferrari: Tyres key to pressuring Mercedes in Austria

By on Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

The use of the softest compound tyres at this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix can aid Ferrari's pursuit of Mercedes, according to Sebastian Vettel's race engineer.

Tyre supplier Pirelli will, for the third successive round, bring its Super Soft and Soft compound for all teams to use and Vettel's race engineer, Riccardo Adami, reckons the squad can use this to its advantage.

"While Canada features long straights, with heavy braking points and in effect no fast corners, here, the first two sectors do require some hard braking, whereas the final one has some very fast corners, taken at around 180 km/h in fifth gear," he said.

"This obviously requires a different set-up to the one used at the last race.

"The Austrian track is very short and it’s difficult to overtake here, therefore we will be aiming for maximum performance in qualifying.

"One can also try to put one’s competitors under pressure by means of strategy, making the most of the two compounds which means focusing on this aspect during long runs in Friday practice.

"Furthermore, our development programme on the car is ongoing, because we want to improve the characteristics of the SF15-T as soon as possible. We have updates planned for this race and others over the course of the season."

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