The season that is just beginning will have its own challenges that are faced by Formula 1 teams in the form of tyre pressure, track temperature and the type of engine they use. As a team manager you may also need to take stock of the drivers who have arrived and find out how they are likely to fare in this fast-moving season.
This season's tyres are designed to be more aerodynamic and allow teams to run on lower pressures, with low profile and medium-profile tyres designed for high performance versions of the cars. These tyres are designed to allow maximum speeds during races.
During testing in Abu Dhabi, teams have been using higher pressures than usual, with some teams even running the cars at more than 250psi of pressure. The aim of this is to get the car's suspension to work better, but it also has other benefits, allowing the team to push their tyres much harder. However, these higher pressures will not last for the full race distance as many of the teams will find out when they arrive at the track.
Although the track temperatures are expected to remain relatively cool, tyre pressure should not be underestimated during the race. The team's fuel mixture and the amount of down force that the car needs to make are important in making sure that the tyres can grip and support the speed needed to get a faster lap times. Racing tyres need to be able to cope with this intense speed to prevent tyres from degrading too quickly when the driver gets up to speed.
When teams arrive at the track in Abu Dhabi, they should also consider whether or not to use the ultra high profile tyres. These tyres are designed to provide maximum grip and support to the car and give the driver the stability that is required for long periods of racing. However, the challenge of driving at high speeds in these tyres may prove difficult as it requires a lot of steering and handling skills.
The new rules about tyre pressures at Formula 1 races have given the team's a good chance to try and maximise the performance of their cars. By taking stock of what is required to drive quicker, the team's tyres can last longer and keep the driver safe when they are out on the track.