Mario Isola, technical officer of Pirelli, has been very hopeful with the results of the new tires that will be used in 2017 in the Formula 1. The Italian believes that the results make it clear that there is a degradation much lower than that in 2016 and that the overheating, which was what most worried the pilots, has been greatly reduced.
“compounds Are completely new, we found a degradation very low, and on few occasions there was overheating, but quickly returned to the optimal value. The pilots made us with specific requests about this, as if they followed another car in the race, then they would lose grip aerodynamic, deslizarían more and then recalentarían your tires”, said Isola in a statement to Motorsport.
Pirelli, however, warns about the risk of drawing conclusions ahead of time, because the cars modified by Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari to perform the test, did not achieve the levels of aerodynamic downforce expected this year with the introduction of the new regulation. “Our goal is for the tire to return to a normal condition in a very short time, which will help to improve the grip. In the tests we have seen that we’ve reached this goal, but it is necessary to check this in the actual car, so that will wait until the first few races,”, ” said Isola, who acknowledged that “the cars adapted lost some performance. While the cars modified intended to simulate the downforce that we will meet, we have not seen the actual performance that we will have in 2017. What we have seen in the simulations that we have been sent to the teams based in the new cars, is that the performance will be better than what we have seen in cars modified”.
More overtaking, more speed: figures of vertigo
In relation to the same subject, Paul Hembery has spoken to the press at the Autosport International Show, claiming that the measures adopted should facilitate overtaking, thanks to the combination of increased downforce and mechanical grip. “The aerodynamic package that comes this season you try to reduce that impact. The tires that we have done have less overheating of the surface and the idea is that you can push stronger if you’re trying to overtake someone. You have a 25% increase of the width of the tire, so you can say that at least there will be a 25% more grip, because we have also changed a lot of the technology of the tire itself”.
Hembery said that the prediction speaks of five seconds per lap of improvement from the time of the Grand Prix of Spain 2015, something that already took part last year. “The goal that we had in conjunction with the car was five seconds of improvement over Barcelona 2015 we Saw last year, maybe two or two and a half seconds of improvement, so I think we’ll be very close to achieve it from the beginning. I think the drivers are going to suffer, their neck muscles are going to have to be well prepared for the season”, said the head of Pirelli Motorsport.
Hembery warns the pilots that they must prepare very well for what is to come and highlights the merit of approaching records marked with cars significantly lighter than the current. “you Will go to the top in a large number of curves. We will begin to beat the records that have been in place since 2003, when there was refuelling, and everything was open and there (was development) free. We’re going to beat world records with cars that weigh 180 kilograms more, the performance is substantial in the curves, 1G more, are great numbers” and also believes that the new tyres will reduce the number of pit stops. “we Think that the issue of the overheating will reduce the degradation, probably (will be) less tire changes”.