F1 teams told to do more to help tyre supplier

Formula 1 must do more to help its future tyre supplier create more 'uncertainty' in the races, claims the FIA.

F1 teams told to do more to help tyre supplier
Pirelli tyres
GP3 Pirelli Wet tyres
Pirelli tyres
Pirelli
Pirelli tyres washed by Williams mechanics
(L to R): Paul Hembery, Pirelli Motorsport Director and Martin Brundle, Sky Sports Commentator with the Pirelli 18
Listen to this article

As discussions begin to decide who will supply tyres from 2017, FIA president Jean Todt admits that things have not been ideal for Pirelli thanks to the restricted amount of testing it is allowed to do.

When asked about the job that Pirelli has done, Todt said: "In fairness to them, they have limited testing available – which would have been helpful compared to what has happened in the past when it was the other way around [with lots of testing].

"It has taken them a certain time to learn. They have learned quickly but I think there is still potential."

Delivering two-stop races

Pirelli has had a mandate to create two-stop races in F1, but a move to more conservative tyres this year has resulted in a spate of one-stop races.

Todt accepts that if F1's future tyre supplier is to deliver what the sport needs then it must have more help in creating the right product.

"The improvement on the tyre use, for me, is probably easy to say, but we should have a bit of co-ordination to say 'OK, we would like two or three pitstops' and then be sure they are able to react to what is asked of them," said Todt.

"Sometimes there is some imbalance between what we expect and what we get. But clearly to create some uncertainty due to tyre changes and tyre wear is something I feel we could still improve."

Decision down to Ecclestone

The FIA is currently evaluating tyre tender applications from both Pirelli and Michelin for 2017.

And although the governing body will evaluate the safety and technical criteria of both applications, a final decision will be made on commercial grounds so will be settled by Bernie Ecclestone.

"We have a division of responsibilities," said Todt. "The FIA needs to secure the confirmation on the technical and the sporting side, and then it goes to commercial rights holders to address the commercial side.

"Both tyre companies are really adventurous so I am sure they can both supply the sporting and technical side. So what can be the benefit for the promoter and for the teams on the commercial side?"

When asked if the FIA had a preference for tyre size, with Michelin saying it is only interested in 18-inch wheels, Todt said: "It's important to explore possibilities. For that, I will very much rely on people who are more familiar about 13, 18, 19, or 20-inch [wheels]."

 

shares
comments
Ferrari boss not amused as photos go viral with #arrivabeneiseverywhere
Previous article

Ferrari boss not amused as photos go viral with #arrivabeneiseverywhere

Next article

Tech analysis: Williams upgrades and that 'illegal' winglet

Tech analysis: Williams upgrades and that 'illegal' winglet
Load comments
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

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
When BMW added F1 'rocket fuel' to ignite Brabham's 1983 title push Prime

When BMW added F1 'rocket fuel' to ignite Brabham's 1983 title push

There was an ace up the sleeve during the 1983 F1 title-winning season of Nelson Piquet and Brabham. It made a frontrunning car invincible for the last three races to see off Renault's Alain Prost and secure the combination's second world title in three years

Formula 1
Jan 13, 2022