F1 teams to run definitive 2021 tyres in FP2 session

Formula 1 teams are set to sample Pirelli's definitive 2021 tyres in an FP2 session in either Bahrain or Abu Dhabi, or possibly both.

F1 teams to run definitive 2021 tyres in FP2 session
Listen to this article

The move follows a successful test of different prototype new constructions in Portugal.

That running enabled Pirelli to confirm to the FIA by the November 1 deadline on which version it has settled.

Because the 10 teams did not all run the same prototypes at Portimao it has been decided to add the extra FP2 testing in order to allow everyone to try the final choice and gather set-up data for next season.

As was the case in Portugal the rules allow the first 30 minutes of FP2 sessions to be used for testing extra tyres.

The new construction is intended to improve durability in the wake of the issues seen at Silverstone earlier this season.

The biggest change is to the fronts, which have a revised profile. The rear profile could not be adjusted, mainly due to the problem of testing them in Portugal with the current floors, and the risk of contact with the bodywork.

"We tested the new prototypes in Portimao," said Pirelli F1 boss Mario Isola.

"And we made an analysis of the result of the test, collecting all the feedback from drivers, and all the telemetry data. It was a good validation, in difficult conditions, with a new track and so on. But we had a good result.

"We identified a prototype that is an improvement in our opinion compared to the current specification. All the prototypes we brought to Portimao had a higher level of integrity. What we were missing was the driveability and the performance of the tyres on track.

"So we supplied different tyres to the teams and identified a combination of a new front and a new rear that are an improvement, and we sent a request to the FIA for the homologation of the new prototypes."

Regarding the plan for FP2 testing of the final choice, Isola said: "This was the first time that we supplied different prototypes to different teams, in general in the past when we supplied prototypes it was two sets of the same one across all the teams and drivers.

"That means not all the drivers and teams tested the prototype that we decided to nominate for 2021.

"So we are in discussion with the FIA and the teams to test again the selected prototype in one of the next races."

Compounds for 2021 will be the same as those used currently, and only the construction will change.

"There is a slightly different front profile," said Isola. "With the rear we decided to keep the same profile because of the floor and all the issues that we can have when we fit a different profile.

"But also on the rear we are using some elements that are different, and also materials that are different.

"The difference is not huge – we are going to validate a construction that is not a completely different product compared to this year, but in terms of integrity, the result we had from indoor testing was quite promising."

Although Pirelli hasn't given any figures a set of the revised tyres will be slightly heavier than in 2020, leading to a further increase in minimum car weight.

shares
comments

Related video

Imola crash "scar" will make Russell better driver - Wolff
Previous article

Imola crash "scar" will make Russell better driver - Wolff

Next article

F4 videos helped Giovinazzi pull off charging Imola start

F4 videos helped Giovinazzi pull off charging Imola start
Load comments
The historic clues that offer hints of Hamilton’s next move Prime

The historic clues that offer hints of Hamilton’s next move

OPINION: Uncertainty over Lewis Hamilton's future has persisted since the race direction call that denied him an eighth world title in Abu Dhabi last month. But while walking away would be understandable, Hamilton has time and again responded well in the face of adversity and possesses all the tools needed to bounce back stronger than ever

Formula 1
Jan 26, 2022
What the FIA must do to restore F1's credibility Prime

What the FIA must do to restore F1's credibility

OPINION: The first stage of the 2022 Formula 1 pre-season is just over a month away, but the championship is still reeling from the controversial results of last year’s finale. The FIA acknowledges F1 has had its reputation dented as a result, so here’s how it could go about putting things right

Formula 1
Jan 25, 2022
The six subplots to watch in 2022 as a new F1 era begins Prime

The six subplots to watch in 2022 as a new F1 era begins

As Formula 1 prepares to begin a new era of technical regulations in 2022, We pick out six other key elements to follow this season

Formula 1
Jan 24, 2022
Why newly-retired Kimi Raikkonen won't miss F1 Prime

Why newly-retired Kimi Raikkonen won't miss F1

After 349 grand prix starts, 46 fastest laps, 21 wins and one world championship, Kimi Raikkonen has finally called time on his F1 career. In an exclusive interview with Motorsport.com on the eve of his final race, he explains his loathing of paddock politics and reflects on how motorsport has changed over the past two decades.

Formula 1
Jan 23, 2022
Unpacking the technical changes behind F1 2022's rules shake-up Prime

Unpacking the technical changes behind F1 2022's rules shake-up

Formula 1 cars will look very different this year as the long-awaited fresh rules finally arrive with the stated aim of improving its quality of racing. We break down what the return of 'ground effect' aerodynamics - and a flurry of other changes besides - means for the teams, and what fans can expect

Formula 1
Jan 21, 2022
Why F1's new era is still dogged by its old world problems Prime

Why F1's new era is still dogged by its old world problems

OPINION: The 2022 Formula 1 season is just weeks away from getting underway, but instead of focusing on what is to come, the attention still remains on what has been – not least the Abu Dhabi title decider controversy. That, plus other key talking points, must be resolved to allow the series to warmly welcome in its new era

Formula 1
Jan 20, 2022
The Schumacher trait that will give Haas hope in F1 2022 Prime

The Schumacher trait that will give Haas hope in F1 2022

Mick Schumacher’s knack of improving during his second season in a championship was a trademark of his junior formula career, so his progress during his rookie Formula 1 campaign with Haas was encouraging. His target now will be to turn that improvement into results as the team hopes to reap the rewards of sacrificing development in 2021

Formula 1
Jan 19, 2022
The “glorified taxi” driver central to F1’s continued safety push Prime

The “glorified taxi” driver central to F1’s continued safety push

As the driver of Formula 1’s medical car, Alan van der Merwe’s job is to wait – and hope his skills aren’t needed. James Newbold hears from F1’s lesser-known stalwart.

Formula 1
Jan 15, 2022