Pirelli has received numerous criticisms for the performance of their rain tires and, at the end of the season, the riders met with the technician responsible for the mark to try to improve the situation.
The first-fruits of that meeting seem to begin to be traced, as has been stated Paul Hembery in statements to GPUpdate.net. The head of Pirelli Sport claims that there are different opinions, but it seems clear that the heating of the tire is the key to a better functioning. “If you talk to people, there are different opinions, to be honest. On the one hand, the pilots have said that they do not want to touch the intermediate. The main thing is to get performance in the tire of rain, your warm-up, which will prevent him to work on dry, so it is likely that the tire that we seek will come down when (the track) dry out. But the heating in the tire wet is where we believe we can get greater benefit”.
To all this we must add the challenge that will lead to the increase of size of the tires, they earn 25% and 30%, respectively, in front and behind. Therefore, Hembery was satisfied with having managed to maintain the levels of water drainage with regard to 2016. “Are much wider, so just keep the levels of evacuation (2016), by aquaplaning, has already been a huge challenge, but we believe that we have succeeded. It is an area that we probably do need to work more on the basis of what we changed during this last phase, the outputs at stationary and more filming behind the safety car in rain”.
in Addition, Hembery fears that the visibility gets worse on rainy days, because the tire is wider it will create so much more spray to the passage of the cars, something that has always worried the pilots. “The next year there will be a lot of water in the air with these tires, around 25% more water per tire, which is a lot. When you talk with the pilots, say that the view of the camera on board is a lot better than they have, so I think that sometimes people have to be a little more lenient with the level of visibility”. Hembery calls, therefore, that the fans and the media to be more sympathetic with your reluctance to compete under certain conditions.