The requirement of having more tyre hard this season by Pirelli has caused new headaches for the Italian manufacturer, accused of being too conservative in the construction of their compounds. Under the premise of offering a product that’s less conducive to wear and tear over a long run, and less exposed to the expanded lateral loads, the enlarged hardness of your tires has significantly restricted the range of strategic choice of three compounds contributed over the past year. Without going more far, the hard tyre has not seen the light outside of Barcelona.
Pirelli seems to be aware of the situation, and your team has spent months working on an alternative to solve the current problem. The next week, Interlagos will be the scene of the last test specific of the year, for which will count with the McLaren MCL32 piloted by Stoffel Vandoorne, and the young tester Lando Norris. On the basis of what you learn in this test, Pirelli will evaluate to undertake a widening of the range of compounds, with the aim of providing a flexibility that is more appropriate to the different circuits, and of ensuring that each race has three useful compounds.
In fact, and according to Autosport, the head of Pirelli in the Formula 1, Mario Isola points out that they would be willing to develop up to three new compounds to provide a range of up to eight types of different tires: “Is between five and eight. We will have a range that will be more usable, including the hard. We want to increase that range, and this is the reason why, probably, homologaremos more than five compounds.” To this end, the test of the McLaren will be essential: “This will give us the final decision on the range of components. After the test, and if it doesn’t rain, we will have all the information to define the range of the next year”.
“we Need more flexibility, and have three compounds that can be used in every event”
To Isola, the limit would be in the above 8 compounds, but before that, seek to assess what would be the appropriate number for that the offer does not become overly broad, something that, according to Isola, detract from the recognition and perception on the part of the amateur: “If he exaggerates the number, it will appear that we are confused, so we need to choose a number that is enough to give us the flexibility without being too large. (…) We do not yet know how many, but the idea is that we need more flexibility in order to have elections that are more focused, and thus have three compounds that can be used in each event”.
With a previsibile large types of tires on the horizon, the denominations pose similar problems, especially after the introduction of the ultrablando in 2016. In spite of this, Isola does not contemplate changing the names or codes of the colors of the existing types of tyre: “Would be to lose what we have had in the last seven years. People have it in mind that the superblando is red, the soft yellow, and so on. It would be a shame to lose that association between names and colors. If we need to add more levels soft or hard, we have to consider the ‘superhard’, or something like that”.