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Pirelli: 2017 F1 tyres could produce three seconds faster laps



Pirelli: 2017 F1 tyres could produce three seconds faster laps

Pirelli: 2017 F1 tyres could produce three seconds faster laps

F1 plans to execute new changes for the 2017 for ‘faster and more aggressive looking cars, wider cars and tyres, new front wings, rear wing and floor. The Sport targeting around five seconds per lap faster than now are on course.

A significant change is wider tyres; it will produce two to three seconds feaster lap and more mechanical grip.

Tyre provider, Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery calculates that, the tyres can offer two to three seconds of performance per lap on their own, with the car and related engine regulations making up the rest.

“It’s certainly looking like wider tyres; the actual precise dimension has actually changed a bit,” Hembery was quoted as saying by espn

So the plan now is for the tyres to be 300mm wide at the front and 400mm wide at the rear. Existing tyres are 245mm wide at the front and 325mm wider at the rear.

“There’s simulation work, we need to provide some data and what that will provide, a grip model for the teams, so they can work out how much of performance they can get from the tyres.

“It’s probably two, maybe three seconds from the tyre. Based on that they will modify the aero regs, and maybe the engine regs as well, to obtain the five seconds we’re trying to achieve.”

“Going to a wider tyre as well means a bigger footprint so of course that means you’re going to get more performance.”

Also, Formula 1 is keen to stick to with multiple pits stops following a series of dull single-stop races this year.

“The teams and the commercial rights holder want us certainly to two and three pit stops again, we’ve been far too close to one, this season in particular. Can we have two or three stops and can we get some of the performance so we can start breaking lap records again.”

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Significant changes For 2017

– Faster cars: 5 to 6 seconds drop in lap times through aerodynamic rules evolution, wider wings, wider tyres and reduction of car weight

– Reintroduction of refuelling (maintaining a maximum race fuel allowance)

– Higher revving engines and increased noise

– More aggressive looks

More measures have also been discussed but require further study before they can be implemented:

– A global reflection on race weekend format

– Measures to make starts only activated by the driver without any outside assistance


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