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Why F1's 18-inch tyre conundrum is not straightforward
The first piece of F1's 2021 reinvention was revealed last weekend as the FIA's supplier tender announcement disclosed the change to 18-inch wheel rims. But there are important issues for tyre companies bidding against Pirelli to first consider.
As Formula 1 continues to debate exactly what direction it should take in 2021, one piece of the puzzle fell into place last week - but only due to a legal scheduling obligation that required the FIA to draw a line in the sand and get on with it.
The 2020-2023 sole supplier tyre tender had to be issued this month to allow potential candidates the opportunity to bid against Pirelli. That meant finalising the tyre specifications for the new era, which begins from the second of those four seasons.
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The newspapers, naturally, lingered over Max Mosley’s tainted family history and niche sexual practices. But this is to trivialise the legacy of a big beast of motor racing politics. Stuart Codling weighs the life of a man whose work for safety on both road and track has saved hundreds of thousands of lives, but whose penchant for cruelty remains problematic and polarising.
Sergio Perez has spent most of his career labouring in Formula 1’s midfield, wondering whether he’d ever get another shot at the big time. Red Bull has handed him that chance and, although life at the top is tough, the Baku winner is doing all the right things to get on terms with Max Verstappen, says BEN ANDERSON
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