Pirelli will make more wear-resistant tiresAugust 27, 2019
The head of the car racing division of Pirelli, Mario Isola, noted that the company’s decision to create tires for Formula 1 that quickly wear out and degrade, turned out to be erroneous.
Pirelli engineers created soft tires with higher wear in the calculation that this will lead to an increase in the number of pit stops and exacerbate tactical combat, but instead, the riders began to closely monitor the wear of the rubber and less attack.
“Last year, we introduced softer formulations that were two steps softer than 2017 tires,” Mario Izolu quotes Racefans. – As a result, the teams began to closely monitor the speed during the races. Based on this, we came to the conclusion that softer tires did not lead to an increase in the number of pit stops. Instead, speeds decreased in an attempt to prevent wear.
Obviously, soft tires did not lead to an increase in activity on the track, so we were asked in the future to focus on creating tires with low degradation instead of current ones with high.
At the previous stages, when we brought tougher trains, there was more struggle on the track, since the riders could attack until the last round. For example, at Silverstone, Lewis Hamilton showed the best time on the tires that have gone before this 30 laps.
Our common opinion is that we have chosen the wrong direction, so we will change our approach in the future. ”
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