Again within the highlight following final weekend’s excessive profile punctures, Pirelli’s Mario Isola admits that subsequent 12 months’s weightier automobiles will put additional stress on the Italian producer.
Talking not too long ago, race-winning driver turned pundit, David Coulthard expressed a need to see the game return to the halcyon days of the tyre conflict, the Scot claiming that because of drivers feeling unable to push to the restrict the present period is considerably boring.
“He was not criticising Pirelli,” mentioned Mario Isola, when advised of Coulthard’s feedback, “however he is clearly… he likes the tyre conflict period, he likes to have a contest in Method 1 that’s not just for engines, automobiles however in his opinion can also be about tyres.
“He would not like the present system, the place now we have tyres with some degradation that, as you realize, they’re designed to have this stage of degradation.
“It’s and will probably be a unique story subsequent 12 months,” he insisted, “once we’ve been requested to design the brand new 18-inch tyres with completely different traits: much less overheating, much less degradation.
“He was simply expressing his opinion in regards to the present laws and the present system, and I totally perceive as a result of he’s a driver that used to drive greater than 10 years in the past when it was a totally completely different scenario.
“We all know that with the present automobiles, that are very quick, even when a lot heavier in comparison with the previous, you place a whole lot of stress on the tyres,” he continued, “this generates degradation and likewise if you observe one other automotive you lose downforce and it’s a further component. So we’re working along with the FIA and F1 to be able to have a unique scenario for subsequent 12 months.
“I am certain that for those who do not lose downforce, if you observe one other automotive, and with tyres which can be designed with completely different traits we will obtain the goal.”
Having claimed that the burden of the automobiles is without doubt one of the points, Isola was requested how Pirelli will meet the calls for of 2022 when the automobiles might be even heavier.
“It isn’t solely the burden of the automotive that’s stressing the tyre,” he defined, “it is the extent of downforce, the velocity.
“There are a lot of parameters that now we have to think about and clearly we’re designing tyres for subsequent 12 months, protecting in thoughts all these numbers and likewise asking the groups which can be offering mule automobiles, to provide us automobiles which can be consultant of subsequent 12 months’s automobiles, even when they’re mule automobiles. However the weight is similar that’s within the laws for 2022, weight distribution, stage of downforce additionally.
“We’re designing tyres with these traits in thoughts. Clearly they’re completely different in comparison with the previous however that is our job.”
In view of his declare that the traits will change subsequent 12 months, Isola was requested if this meant Pirelli have been given completely different targets.
“The brand new goal letter is simply stating that now we have to design a tyre with much less degradation,” he replied. “The numbers of degradation are within the goal letter, the info lap time is outlined within the goal letter.
“We now have to concentrate on compounds with a wider working vary and to scale back the overheating,” he added. “These are the principle parameters which can be fascinating to know that there are another technical traits however primarily it is a abstract or what we agreed.
“Clearly the degradation can’t be zero for all of the compounds as a result of in any other case there isn’t any motive to have methods with a couple of cease or utilizing completely different compounds, so now we have to have a look at these targets and attempt to design compounds with these traits.
“What I can inform you is that in our tyre improvement assessments, we clearly measure the degradation and we ask the drivers to push every lap, to simulate what is going to occur subsequent 12 months and the outcomes are very promising.
“Then subsequent 12 months we can have completely different automobiles and now we have to validate the outcomes on the brand new automobiles however the outcomes to this point are promising.”
Promising, in fact, is an all-encompassing phrase, however, based mostly on what the drivers have skilled to this point, will Pirelli actually be capable to produce a tyre that drivers will be capable to push for lengthy intervals of time, multiples of laps, on the restrict, with out struggling the thermal sensitivity and overheating points which have been attribute of the tyres for the previous couple of years?
“I am utilizing the phrase promising simply because the event remains to be ongoing and we’ve not finalised the product for subsequent 12 months,” mentioned Isola. “However the numbers that we accumulate from check periods are in keeping with the goal letter.
That’s the reason… we noticed some areas during which we will enhance and we’re working round that,” he continued. “Clearly now we have to design 5 compounds to race on 23 completely different circuits so we have to accumulate extra information on completely different circuits with completely different automobiles to be 100 per cent certain that we’re on the goal.
“How can we produce tyres with these traits? We needed to fully change the strategy. We now have to revamp the compounds and we’re speaking about introducing a brand new household of compounds with completely different components. Alsdo, when it comes to building, now we have designed a building with some traits which can be going within the path of decreasing degradation and overheating.
“If we need to say that the overheating or the thermal sensitivity might be zero, I inform you that that’s unattainable from a bodily viewpoint so neglect the likelihood to have a tyre with zero overheating or zero degradation. That in any case just isn’t within the goal however we will closely cut back it and the problem for us is to provide a tyre with these traits.”
The continuing assessments characteristic mule automobiles, which in actuality will solely produce estimations, that means that the opening days of pre-season testing might be essential.
“Now the technical laws can be found, groups have the likelihood to organize some simulations and we did simulations additionally to organize mule automobiles which can be consultant for subsequent 12 months,” mentioned Isola.
“It’s true,” he added, “we can not have remaining suggestions till the pre-season assessments subsequent 12 months, for certain, and in any case, once we begin the season subsequent 12 months, there isn’t any plan to – as soon as the tyre are frozen and that is what the laws state – we can not change the tyre except there’s a particular motive that now we have to agree with the groups and with the FIA. So there isn’t any plan to assessment the compounds in the course of the season.
“Clearly all the info collected subsequent 12 months with the actual automobiles might be helpful for us to improve the product for 2023 however there isn’t any plan to do this in the course of the season.”