Maintaining second place in the points at Albert Park was hard work today according to Team BOC's Jason Bright who says the championship's wet tyre needs revision.
An emphasis on durability rather than grip means the Dunlop wet tyre was of little use in today's torrential conditions, leaving drivers struggling to stay on track rather than battling for position.
After finishing second in both of yesterday's races, however, today's sixth place was enough to safeguard second in the points for the weekend and a front-row grid spot beside team-mate Fabian Coulthard for tomorrow's final race at 1.20pm.
"Our pace in the wet weather wasn't what we needed today, mainly due to a wrong set-up choice, but the most disappointing part was that our wet races can't really be called races at all when everyone's just tiptoeing around the track. We should have great wet races but the tyre just isn't up to those conditions. We're all just aquaplaning and spearing off because we have no grip at all.
"If you look at the tread pattern it's closer to an intermediate tyre as opposed to a proper wet tyre and the compound is way too hard. They're trying to make it durable so you can use the tyres more than once but there's not a team in the field that ever uses a set of wets twice so it doesn't matter. I would have thought that going to an 18" tyre this year would have been a good opportunity to address this."
2013 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix
ALBERT PARK GRAND PRIX CIRCUIT
MSS Security V8 Supercars Challenge ? RACE THREE
01 Shane Van Gisbergen, TEKNO Team VIP
02 Craig Lowndes, Red Bull Racing Australia
03 Jonathon Webb, TEKNO Autosports
04 Fabian Coulthard, Lockwood Racing
05 David Reynolds, The Bottle-O FPR Ford
06 Jason Bright, Team BOC
07 James Courtney, Holden Racing Team
08 Will Davison, Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford
09 Michael Caruso, Norton 360 Racing
10 Todd Kelly, Jack Daniel's Racing
Published: 16 March 2013.