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GP Week : Issue 39
> F1NEWS> ‘Soft option’ to produce radical strategy? LOOK for dramatic changes in strategy in this weekend’s Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix. The visible performance degradation experienced with Bridgestone’s option tyre last weekend is likely to see teams play a conservative role in coming races, to avoid the severe performance drop-offs seen at Albert Park. For the first time, Bridgestone brought tyres to a GP ‘separated’by two levels, while previously the sole supplier of F1 tyres has positioned its option tyre one grade below that of its harder, prime tyre. In part, this is thought to have led to a number of teams experiencing severe and rapid wear of its softer tyres. One example of this was the fact that Nico Rosberg set the race’s fastest lap immediately after getting onto the option tyre for a short, final stint – but then found himself with almost no grip. The German fell back to an eventual sixth place. A team insider told GPWeek that he expected teams to employ some radical tactics in the coming races. His theory was that if the current situation continues, cars could pit as soon as a Safety Car appeared, fit the option tyres, and then pit again for prime tyres a lap later, before the Safety Car pulled off, thereby satisfying the requirement for teams to run the option tyre for at least one ‘stint’.