Cameron Waters will get his first taste of the new Dunlop super soft tyre under race conditions at this weekend’s Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix with the format allowing his Prodrive team to establish a setup direction ahead of the next championship event in Tasmania.
Despite briefly experiencing the super soft tyre at the team's pre-season test day at Sydney Motorsport Park, Waters believes there is still much to learn about the tyre's characteristics on fast, flowing circuits such as Albert Park.
Waters says the Australian Grand Prix plays an important part in the team's season, allowing drivers to cement what they learnt about their cars at the season-opening Clipsal 500.
"I'm pretty excited to get to the Grand Prix. It's a bit of a different weekend for us obviously being a support act but it's still cool to be on the Formula 1 stage and be racing in in our home town.” He said. “I went okay there last year but had a bit of a problem in one of the races which hurt the weekend but now with the new format with the four qualifying sessions you can qualify well for every race.”
“Hopefully our cars are good; we've been working hard so I think I can keep that momentum going from Adelaide. It's hard to know what the new tyre will do. I didn't really get to run on the super soft compound at the Sydney Motorsport Park test so it'll be a little bit new for me but it will be a good chance to have a hit out on it and see what it needs."