Mark Hughes' Spanish GP form guide

Mark Hughes' Spanish GP form guide

Tyres, and how they reacted to the track temperature, made it difficult to get a hand on who looked in best shape during Friday practice for the Spanish Grand Prix. Mark Hughes seems to have come up with an answer though

Michael Schumacher has unsurprisingly been pressed further this weekend on his feelings about the Pirelli tyres that he was so critical of after Bahrain. Well, around Barcelona they continue to mystify the best engineering brains in Formula 1. Whether that's good or bad depends upon your viewpoint, for they are certainly contributing unpredictability, and that continued on Friday.

With all those engineering teams desperate to assess in competition the effectiveness of the upgrades made during the recent Mugello tests, the baffling behaviour of how the track and tyres seemed to be interacting made that difficult to judge. Unclouded skies had the track temperature at 32 degrees C already in free practice 1 – when teams were generally finding lots of understeer on the hard compound, against expectations – and a whopping 42C in the second session. This only increased understeer, particularly on the soft tyre.

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