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New Pirelli tyres will be 'interesting to run' - Michael

ESPN Staff
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Each driver will receive a set of revised medium tyres in Canada after Pirelli opted to delay a full introduction © Sutton Images

McLaren's sporting director Sam Michael says a lot of analysis will take place when the teams get to run Pirelli's new tyres in Friday practice for the Canadian Grand Prix.

With concerns over safety, Pirelli planned on introducing revised tyres for this weekend's race but decided to allow the teams the opportunity to test them first during FP1 and FP2. All teams will get two sets of the updated medium compound and Michael said the most important thing will be for the teams to understand if they have any aerodynamic impact.

"It'll be interesting to run them," Michael told a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes phone-in. "Teams will be checking things such as tyre wear, how the temperature profile across the tread changes, if at all, and obviously if there are any aerodynamic changes, so we'll be using pressure tappings and rakes and things to look at how the flow changes."

Michael also said he didn't see the extra tyres hampering the usual Friday work that all the teams will want to carry out.

"It'll fit quite seamlessly to be honest. If you look, on average the first 40-45 minutes of a session teams don't use very heavily anyway, because you're saving tyres and waiting for the circuit to clean up. You'd definitely be doing that in Montreal because the circuit isn't used much - it's like a street circuit and ramps up quite a lot. So I think we'll [fit the new tyre testing in] no problem at all."