F1 No Closer in 2007 – Trulli
Formula One driver Jarno Trulli believes that racing will not become any closer in 2007 despite all the teams using the same tyres.
Following Michelin’s withdrawal from Formula One at the end of the 2006 season, Japanese manufacturer Bridgestone will supply all 11 teams competing this year. The lack of a tyre war, however, will not make any significant difference to racing in 2007, according to Trulli.
“No, I don’t think so,” said Trulli. “I think the team who makes the better car and can exploit the tyres will have a big advantage, even if the new tyres are easy to handle and easy to understand.”
Trulli’s Toyota team be riding on Bridgestone rubber for the second year running, but the Italian driver believes that they tyres for 2007 have changed so much that experience will count for little.
“I expected to have a bit of an advantage over the other teams, but the tyres we used in winter testing are new and the tyres we used last season have nothing to do with them,” he added.