After the tyre debacle in Australia, RBR showed their urgency and concern by running race simulation even in FP3. In Spain, they did not put that much effort in race simulation other than running 2 stints (1 on medium and the other on hard) in FP2. I think RBR overestimated the durability of those hard tyres here; that's why they were willing to gamble with a 3-stopper for Vettel.
The only good thing to come out of this GP is hearing Pirelli saying they will make some changes to the tyres by Silverstone.
It was indeed odd. IIRC, Seb did the longer run(10) on Mediums and the shorter one(6) on Hards in FP2. I can't remember what program Mark was on. 6-5-6 timed lap in that order, presumably the first two on Mediums and the last one on Hards? My guess back then was that they either were sure about durability of new Hards for some reason or were thinking Mediums for race tyre - which didn't seem to make much sense but at the same time Paul Hembery suggested O-O-O-P would be the ideal strategy. The fact that they saved all Hard sets meant the former though.
Seb "... Die neuen harten Reifen haben uns dann aber nicht das gebracht, was wir uns eigentlich erhofft und gewünscht haben. Im Rennen hat sich sogar die weiche Mischung als besser herausgestellt. ..."
Web translator says "The new hard tires but then have not given us what we really hoped and wished. In the race, even the soft compound has been found to be better."
We saw a similar pattern in Malaysia actually. Massa felt that way with the previous one. (Felipe Massa says he also pushed for tyre compound change
: "The [previous] hard compound was not really like a hard compound. The gap was not like a hard compound and the degradation was maybe worse than a medium.") Am I right in thinking New hards = last year's comfound + this year's construction? Seemingly the pattern is still there to some degree despite the change. Spanish Grand Prix tyre strategies
, according to the first comment:
Average medium stint = 12.17 laps, 56.65km (35.19mi), or 18.43% of the race.
Average hard stint = 13.83 laps, 64.37km (39.99mi), or 20.95% of the race.
Edited by plumtree, 13 May 2013 - 14:12.