Pirelli Formula 1 boss Mario Isola conceded bringing the hardest tyre compounds in its range to Turkey may have been a mistake after drivers struggled throughout Friday practice.
The recently-laid surface at Istanbul Park, in conjunction with the track being washed prior to FP1 and low temperatures, meant grip was almost non-existent.
The complaints that followed over the team radio from the drivers were numerous, with the tricky conditions underlined by the fact Max Verstappen's leading time from FP2 over three seconds slower than the pole lap from F1's last visit to the track in 2011.
Asked directly if its range of rubber for this weekend was a mistake, Isola said: "Maybe yes, but we have data that is very, very old from years ago. We had a completely different situation, different tyres, different compounds and different cars.
"So we are looking at this I think as a new track. We made our simulation considering this circuit as a new track and yes, obviously, we had a look at the data from 2011 but I believe that is not very relevant, so maybe yes."
Oh please. There's been a conspiracy to favour Mercedes since Pirelli came into F1. Now that the Mercedes are not showing well, it's the wrong tyres. It's about time the young guns show the elders how racing is done with little grip and downforce. The track should also improve throughout the weekend, so this could get exciting.
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