- Are tyre's having a bigger impact this F1 2018 season? I don't think over the past years we saw such massive performance gap at the end of a race just due to old tyres.
JV: "Yes, I think the tyres are having an impact this year. But, more so than that, there's a second aspect as well. You have three teams - Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull - that, depending on what race and track it is, are all able to have differing levels of performance to each other.
"In Melbourne we were very fast on both compounds. In the case of Bahrain, Ferrari were very fast on the SuperSoft but had more degradation. And in China, Red Bull were extraordinarily fast on the Soft tyre. What that is creating is different cars with differing levels of performance, depending on the track temperature, conditions and which tyre is fitted to the car.
"Pirelli have created compounds that provide multiple different strategy options on the table. In the case of Bahrain, we went for a one-stop and Ferrari were going for two, but they managed to hold on to the end of the race on the Soft. In China, Red Bull came through the field using the Safety Car to the best avail, fitting the Soft tyre.
"In Melbourne, you saw the field really only using the one-stop because there weren't many other tactical options. But, what we have this year is more overtaking and more difference, and ultimately it's creating racing all the time and enough for us to be thinking about all the way through the race."