Massa – new tyres reduce overtaking

Felipe Massa has voiced his concerns that the new tyres, which are of a harder compound than last season, will make overtaking harder. He explained, “The driving changes – there’s less grip, the tyres are harder and the car tends to slide. The braking distance got longer, you need to drive more smoothly because it’s easier to lose the back or locking the front tyres. You can’t be aggressive in the turns. This won’t help overtaking. There will be even less grip in the slipstream.”

This follows on from this story about comments made by Heidfeld earlier this year that he believed having just the one tyre manufacturer would hinder overtaking.