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A Mercedes engineer handling tyres during the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Pirelli says the hot local climate at this weekend’s French Grand Prix could cause their tyres to accumulate blisters

Blistering occurs when the tyre surface overheats and causes the rubber to melt into pockets which resemble human blisters.

In a statement, Pirelli’s Head of Car Racing Mario Isola said higher track temperatures during the weekend are “possible”.

Weather.com is currently predicting a high of 24 degrees Celsius with no rain for Sunday afternoon.

Paul Ricard was resurfaced in preparation for this weekend’s Grand Prix and Pirelli said it’s produced a “smooth yet high-grip asphalt that is similar in character to Barcelona.”

The circuit last hosted a Formula 1 Grand Prix in 1990 and this weekend marks the first French Grand Prix since Magny-Cours was dropped in 2009.

Many teams have used the circuit for testing before, including Pirelli themselves.

Pirelli has brought their soft, supersoft, and ultrasoft tyres to the race.

Isola said Pirelli is expecting high grip and low degradation conditions this weekend.

Steven Walton is an 18-year-old Journalism Student at the Ara Institute of Canterbury. He previously attended St Andrew's College in Christchurch, where he excelled at History and Classical Studies. Steven is the Editor-in-Chief at Green Flag F1 and spends most of his days living, breathing, and immersing in the Formula 1 world.

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