Norris: F2 tyres no preparation for F1
15 December 2017 – McLaren-backed youngster Lando Norris does not believe that Pirelli's tyres in Formula 2 sufficiently prepare a driver in terms of understanding the company's rubber in Formula 1.
Pirelli adopted a high-degradation approach for several years in Formula 1, but adopted a more conservative strategy for 2017, with most races featuring just a sole pit-stop for drivers.
Formula 2, meanwhile, kept to the previous tact, with degradation relatively high, particularly at venues such as Yas Marina, where Norris made his debut in the division with Campos.
Norris, who has sampled Formula 1 tyres during his McLaren test runs, reckons the variation in the rubber makes it feel as though the sets are supplied by different manufacturers.
"From what I remember, it's like the worst thing to learn for Formula 1," Norris said about the tyres.
"Although they're Pirellis, they're completely different.
"The Pirellis in Formula 1 are reasonably good now, they don't have massive degradation, they can push… they don't have to save massively, can push reasonably hard.
"Compared to the F2 Pirellis they're just completely different, it's like a different manufacturer.
"F2 tyre-wise I don't think really prepares you a lot for Formula 1 – if anything it's the complete opposite.
"Here [in Formula 1] you have so many sets of tyres, and in F2 you have one set for practice, such limited time [on track] and limited tyres that degrade 10 times as fast as Formula 1 tyres."
European Formula 3 champion Norris also says he struggled more than he expected upon his first appearance in the secondary category.
"The weekend went a lot worse than I thought, basically, or I expected more, from myself, not from the team or anyone," he said.
"I just struggled to adapt to kind of everything together, so the track, car, tyres mainly, and it was hard to put it all together in such a short time with testing.
"I think by Race 2 I was a lot more confident with the car, the pace was pretty good at the end especially, I had a bit more confidence, the pace was pretty good."
Norris retired from the Feature Race due to an engine failure before recovering to ninth in the Sprint, though was demoted to 13th after a time penalty.