Hülkenberg: Wheelspin causing rear tyre degradation
28 March 2014 – Nico Hülkenberg says that the extra wheelspin caused by this year's power units are providing excessive rear tyre wear to the Pirelli rubber at this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix.
Hülkenberg was 10th quickest during the second free practice session and survived a lurid moment when he ran onto the gravel under braking for the final corner.
Hülkenberg was one of few drivers to voice concerns over tyre wear after suffering from front tyre graining in Australia, but this time it was the rears that caused Hülkenberg a challenge.
"I think we can be satisfied with what we learned today," said Hülkenberg. "We worked through the programme and there were no big issues on my side.
"Of course, the hot weather here means conditions are tough and we found that tyre management during the long run was quite challenging. It’s even more difficult this year because there is more wheelspin with these engines and the rear degradation is quite high.
"We collected the usual data for the tyres and the set-up, and I think there is still room for improvement. I need some more grip and we need to tweak the balance before final practice."
Force India team-mate Sergio Pérez agreed that tyre wear is currently an issue for the team.
"The tyre performance gap between the hard and the medium compound is not that big, but we suffered with high degradation on both tyres," said the Mexican.