Ricciardo wary of Sepang ‘tyre life’


Heading to a resurfaced Sepang circuit, Daniel Ricciardo admits it could impact the tyre life of Pirelli’s rubber.

Since Formula 1 last raced at the Malaysian Grand Prix, the Sepang circuit has undergone resurfacing.

This caused a few problems at a subsequent MotoGP test as when the track had dried out after the rain, there were still weepers.

The organisers have taken steps to resolve this issue with the FIA confident there won’t be any problems this weekend.

However, there is still tyre wear to contend with with Ricciardo stating that it will be “interesting” to see how the Pirelli’s hold up.

“Malaysia physically is a hot one,” said the Red Bull driver.

“We usually go there at the beginning of the season so it is going to be interesting going there now with a lot more development on the car and seeing how it performs.

“I checked the weather and it seems pretty constant all year round so that shouldn’t change much, but Sepang has been resurfaced so that could be interesting for tyre life.”