Just to add more problems to the teams apart from the existing ones, tyre degradation might play a crucial role in the outcome of the Sunday's race. Tyres have been a talking point last season, and Pirelli have all along been sticking to the fact that they were expecting two or three stops per race for the 2014 season, unfortunately though, the hot weather conditions in Malaysia might mean that the degradation is on the higher side. Teams like Ferrari seem to suffer degradation in just 7 odd laps while it's relatively better for few other teams. It's going to be an interesting Sunday afternoon, and the teams must be hoping that the weather Gods would answer their prayers, as the only way that the teams might have an escape route is through the rains.
On his part though, Paul Hembery has sticked to his earlier stance that Pirelli are still expecting two or three stops through the race, although, he has also mentioned that the predictions were done from pre-season testing, and that this is the first time that they are understanding the real impact of the tyres.
It hasn't really changed, the input that we've had from the teams and the promoter in that we're aiming to have races of two stops, maybe three in some cases, and to create that you're going to create a thermal degradation otherwise you won't have the stops we're searching for. From the data we have seen so far, we appear to be in the right directions. Of course, it's all very new for the teams. It's new for us as well, understanding the real impact on the tyres and the car combination will be, and it's only now that we're starting to see the teams working more on what to do with the tyres and what will eventually be part of their race strategy. - Paul Hembery
Unfortunately for the teams, and drivers though, tyres and the hot temperatures added more woes to their problems, and plenty of drivers went on stating that they had a tough time in adapting to the conditions that was on offer. It's a bit of unfortunate for everyone connected to the problem, these are early days of the season, and the teams haven't still figured out their car, and they now relatively have to look into tyre degradation as well.
In the very, very warm temperatures, it's a huge challenge to get
The car feels good and our focus was on trying to understand the tyres and make
The high temperatures mean we have to adapt both the cooling package and the
The Team that seems to be worst affected with the conditions is the McLaren. After looking so strong in Melbourne, both Kevin Magnussen, and Jenson Button struggled to adapt to the hotter conditions despite the upgrades that they have brought here.
We're finding it tough out there today - especially in the heat. We're not as
It's just the first day of the Malaysia Grand Prix weekend, and there's a lot of progress to be made by each and every team on the grid. Though, it doesn't mean that degradation wouldn't be a problem, as the weather conditions will play a factor as well. The Track temperature at one point went upto 51 degrees before cooling off, and that's pretty high factor to be considered in the team's data, and strategy. Rain could be a blessing in disguise for the majority of the teams.