When Andrea Dovizioso lined up on yesterday's grid with the soft tyre, we asked why he'd run such a risk. A choice that initially raised doubts but one that actually paid off, and how. The Italian's decision was in fact well thought out and evaluated down the finest detail, proving to be a winning move.
The Austrian Grand Prix brought very positive feedback for Michelin as confirmed by Nicolas Goubert: “We had to deal with a number of challenges last weekend – he recalled –one of these was track temperatures. All the riders had chance to evaluate the six compounds available and we were pleased with the feedback –he added - particularly in the choice of the hard and soft tyres”.
Tyre grip proved to be the most promising aspect: “The tyres showed to be long-lasting, in fact the race pace in the final laps was really good – commented Goubert – this is a track with the maximum average speed and so it wasn't at all easy. We have shown though that the Michelins offer great grip and can reach the limit”.
It's already time to think about the future: “Our minds are already on Silverstone with the aim of continuing with the evolution – he concluded – we'll probably have rain, but the weather won't create any problems".