Ricciardo Apprehensive over Hard Compound F1 Tires for Spain

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo has expressed concern regarding the new harder compound tire that Pirelli will be supplying for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Once again, tire talk is the name of the game. In a recent announcement that Pirelli will be supplying a new hard compound for the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, the topic of whether or not their new compound will live up to expectations has been spreading like wildfire throughout the driver’s garages, with the most recent opponent being Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo:

SOCHI, RUSSIA - APRIL 30:  Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing and Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing on the grid during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia on April 30, 2017 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA – APRIL 30: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing and Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing on the grid during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia on April 30, 2017 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Ricciardo was asked to share his thoughts about the new Pirelli compound – and it’s no surprise that the Aussie believes a whole slew of conditions will have to be met to extract the best out of the compound:

“We’re going for the harder tires for the first time this year in Barcelona. I’m not sure if it’ll help us or not but I just don’t think it’s going to be good for anyone.

The tires are already hard enough so the harder compounds are just way too hard.

Hopefully for Barcelona’s sake it’s hot and therefore these harder tires work, but if it’s cold then it’s going to be a struggle for everyone.” – Daniel Ricciardo

SOCHI, RUSSIA - APRIL 30: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia driving the (3) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB13 TAG Heuer on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia on April 30, 2017 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA – APRIL 30: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia driving the (3) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB13 TAG Heuer on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia on April 30, 2017 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

While Pirelli is slated to supply their new compounds, Barcelona will also mark the first Grand Prix where Red Bull will introduce new upgrades to their 2017 challengers. The RB13 is in need of some upgrades, so Ricciardo and Verstappen have a shot at fighting for victories. If the team sit still and Force India make a big step in Spain when they reveal their B-spec, The Bulls could instead find themselves clinging onto the “big three” status they have this season.

It is still far too early to tell what the upgrades will bring precisely, but if the team has managed to identify all of their problem spots and move the car onto a healthier development path, F1 won’t have to wait until the mid-season to see Red Bull back in the title fight once again.

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