The Mercedes driver Gary Paffett told about the tests of the DTM, held in early March in Vallelunga.
Despite her extensive experience, the British first appeared on the Italian track, so I was forced to pay special attention to its study.
“A long time I’m in the race, so a few tracks new to me, but here I yet was not, – said Paffett. – Early in my career I had to learn the tracks on the computer games. As you know, then the luxury of the simulators, was not.
I walked around the ring with the engineers and studied the data from the machine Robert Wickens that worked the day before me.
It was important to fly to the limit, where possible, to make maximum use of time on tests. That is why I carefully studied the route.
Like most teams, we worked with the transitional version of the machine. The main goal for these tests was the understanding of the work of tyres and mechanical components.”
In anticipation of season 2017, the official tyre supplier Hankook presented the new compositions, which compared with the compounds of the sample last year, become softer, and that will be the riders an additional challenge.
“We wanted to use the softer tyres because on the first lap after the start and in qualifying they allow you to go faster, he continued, Paffett. We hope this will increase the number of overtaking. That’s what people want to see.
For riders this means a change in style of piloting. The level of grip is higher. But it is important to be careful because if you overdo it, the tires will quickly become worthless. You need to carefully monitor the condition of the tires and to feel the moment when the degradation starts.
When a driver sits behind the wheel, he has no accurate data such as temperature of the rubber. You should try to feel it. For this reason, the tests are very important. On each long series of circles we learn about the behaviour of the tyres more and more.
Understanding the tyres and getting the maximum efficiency will be the main challenge in the upcoming season.”
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