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'Four stops minimum' - Barrichello

ESPNF1 Staff
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Rubens Barrichello said the track temperature was causing high tyre wear © Sutton Images

Rubens Barrichello has said that he expects Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix to see drivers making a minimum of four stops.

Pirelli has brought a new hard compound tyre to Barcelona in order to make it last for a few extra laps and increase the differential between hard and soft tyres. Williams tested the tyres along with a host of new parts during practice, and despite having plenty of data from pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barrichello said the higher temperatures had really affected the performance of the tyres.

"We have tested all the new parts we have in Barcelona. On track, the rear wing looked alright but we need to look closer at how the new floor performed. It was very hot today so the grip level was lower and therefore the car was sliding more and tyre wear was greater.

"The car was oversteering a bit as well. I think we need to look at this for the weekend to try to minimise the problems and maximise our set-up, but I think at this stage we'd be looking at four stops minimum in the race on Sunday."