Tyres Are Not the Only Thing Keeping Formula 1 Drivers from Racing Flat-out

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Published: January 29, 2016

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Formula One is having some tyre troubles—but not the kind that plagued the 2013 British Grand Prix.

Last summer, F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone agreed to a new deal with Pirelli to continue supplying the series with tyres from 2017 to 2019. Michelin, last seen in F1 in 2006, was also bidding, with a promise to produce more durable tyres, but Ecclestone opted for the status quo.

When Pirelli became the official tyre supplier in 2011, the Italian company was tasked with producing tyres that degraded quickly to induce more frequent pit stops. However, the high-degradation tyres have frequently come under fire, both for dangerous blowouts and because the drivers feel they cannot push to their limits without damaging the fragile rubber.

Now, rule changes for 2017 that would increase downforce and therefore cornering speeds have been diluted, per the BBC's Andrew Benson, after Pirelli expressed concerns with the stress this would put on the tyres.

This has led to calls from the Grand Prix Drivers' Association and, curiously, Ecclestone for a tyre that can support "maximum-attack racing," according to Benson. But wait...didn't Ecclestone just reject Michelin's offer to provide that kind of tyre?



On Friday, representatives from the FIA, the sport's governing body, and the 11 teams are meeting to discuss the 2017 regulations. According to Adam Cooper, writing for Motorsport.com, there is disagreement among the teams over how to move forward. Williams chief technical officer Pat Symonds even suggested delaying the new regulations until 2018.

Remember when we cautioned not to get too excited about the FIA's proposed changes?

On Thursday, Pirelli sent out a press release announcing a meeting next week in Milan with F1's key stakeholders to discuss the 2017 tyres. The key issue for Pirelli, it seems, is testing. And that makes sense—the company cannot (and should not be expecte...
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Formula 1

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