‘Tyre management’ key to success in Bahrain

12th April 2012

Teams competing at the upcoming Bahrain Grand Prix will have to manage their tyres effectively at the "unknown" track to boost their chances of success, according to race officials.

In an interview with the Bahrain News Agency, Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa, chief executive of the Bahrain International Circuit, claimed that drivers will need to quickly adapt to how the Pirelli tyres perform to have a chance of gaining points.

He told the news provider: "Pirelli joined as the supplier in 2011 and threw a real wild card into the mix with the way its compounds could behave.

"This will be the first time that the Pirellis have been tried out in the unique desert setting of the Bahrain International Circuit, and as a result there is plenty of uncertainty over who will be able to master the conditions."

F1 officials are set to make a final decision on whether the Bahrain Grand Prix – currently scheduled to take place from April 20th until 22nd – will go ahead.

Last year's race was called off due to anti-government protests and there are fears they will flare up again.

Posted by Danielle Barge