Blisters set to be the story again

Blisters set to be the story again

Red Bull was quickest in practice at Monza, but Mark Hughes reckons the theme of the weekend will be who fares best at avoiding tyre blisters, rather than the cars' raw pace

This is a complicated one. Looking at just the surface of Friday's two practice sessions, you'd say the Red Bulls were set to walk it from the McLarens, with the Ferraris trailing badly behind, setting up great disappointment for the tifosi. But actually it might not be like that – because of tyre blistering.

End-of-straight speeds 30km/h (18mph) higher than Pirelli was expecting – based on its testing with the modified 2009 Toyota Formula 1 car it uses – have triggered blistering of the inner shoulder of the front tyres similar to that seen at Spa.

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