Barcelona Preview: The secrets of tyre management

Barcelona Preview: The secrets of tyre management

With tyre management now a hot topic in F1 following Michael Schumacher's recent comments, we look ahead to how important a factor the rubber could be at this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix

Ever since Michael Schumacher attacked the Pirelli rubber in the wake of the Bahrain Grand Prix, tyres have been the hottest of Formula 1 topics. While not exactly a new phenomenon - ever since Pirelli came in at the start of 2011, tyre management has been one of the keys to success – the seven-times world champion's claim that drivers have had to "cruise around like we have a safety car" has become a major talking point.

So, in the context of what we will see in this weekend's Spanish Grand, does Schumacher's position hold water? The premise of his argument is that the tyres are the ultimate limiting factor that dictates pretty much everything.

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