(Motorsport-Whole.com) – Snow is not to be expected, but the Formula 1 drivers at the Big Prix of the Eifel expect truly frosty temperatures this weekend. On race Sunday, the low temperature is two and the maximum temperature is just eight degrees Celsius. A real endurance test for drivers and environmental subjects.
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Because the cold ones Conditions will make it harder for groups to get their cars and tires running, and could contribute to a certain degree of unpredictability – especially since Formula 1 is the first since 2013 returns to the Nürburgring.
“The weather forecast looks pretty cold and wet, so it will be very different from our last race where it was warmth wrestle. It will be interesting to see how the car behaves under these conditions, “said Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo. “All in all, this time of the year it could be a very unpredictable weekend, so we have a crazy race ahead of us.”
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Red Bull team boss Christian Horner also knows: “It will be a challenge. I’ll be wrestling there in May and when I opened the curtains, I saw snow! I’ve also seen a race being canceled in the past. “
From his point of view, anything can happen. “It could be a wonderful autumn weekend and the sun could shine every label we ride there. But you have to be prepared for everything and take a winter jacket with you, because I think you will need it,” says the Briton of the expected temperatures on.
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The main focus of the groups in coping with the weekend will be that the tires work properly – although it is particularly difficult in the cold conditions to get the harder compounds into the correct working window . Should there be rain showers, the groups must also be careful with the allocation of rain tires and intermediates.
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This is how Ciaron Pilbeam, Chief Race Engineer at Renault, explains: “We have to concentrate on getting the tires to run in dry conditions, and think about how and when we can use our limited number of rain tires and intermediates if rain is forecast for the weekend. “
McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl doesn’t think the groups are having too much difficulty will. “Ultimately, in my opinion, it depends a lot on the choice of tires, or on how the tires work – especially when the track temperatures are cold. But it’s the same challenge for everyone.” And also not a completely unknown one.
Because the German remembers: “We are testing in Iciness in Barcelona, where the temperatures on the racetrack are below 10 degrees, and the cars are also so efficient because the grip with the tires is available. “