Connect with us

2017 F1

F1 2017 rules could fail at Pirelli hurdle

Published

on

Formula 1 2017 rules could fail at Pirelli hurdle

Formula 1 2017 rules could fail at Pirelli hurdle

Formula One’s radical rules changes for 2017 may stumble at the last hurdle, Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport reports.

Earlier, it emerged that eight of the 11 active teams actually now oppose the rules for much faster cars next year, fearing they will only increase costs and actually exacerbate the sport’s overtaking problem.

Explaining how hard it is for one car to follow another due to the aerodynamic ‘wake’, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says: “The same will happen next year, but much more.

“I think for F1 in general and for overtaking, adding downforce was the wrong decision.”

FIA official Charlie Whiting, however, has played down those fears by saying at least half of the slashed laptime next year will actually be due to “wider tyres” supplied by Pirelli.

But that is precisely the problem.

Although Pirelli has signed a deal with Bernie Ecclestone for 2017 and beyond, the contract with the governing FIA is yet to be finalised.

One of the reasons for the delay is that Pirelli’s demands not only for more testing but an adequate test car to trial the bigger tyres for 2017 have not yet been met.

“If we are going to set them targets, they want the tools with which to achieve those targets,” Whiting admitted.

But he said that teams have vowed to supply Pirelli with a 2015 car modified to simulate 2017 levels of downforce.

Where this car will actually come from, however, is still unknown.

“It would cost 10 million euros,” a source is quoted as saying.

The source explained that championship-contending teams will not want to waste that expense on a tyre testing car, while those further back on the grid simply don’t have the money.

“Who will pay for it?” Auto Motor und Sport quotes Force India’s Bob Fernley as wondering. “Will the wind tunnel testing count towards the 25 hour (per week) allowance?”

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2018 F11 hour ago

I can still become world champion with my own power – Vettel

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the highly influential Italian sports daily, Sebastian Vettel said “Ciao Mondiali” to his hopes...

2018 F124 hours ago

Vettel misses Schumacher amid 2018 F1 struggle

Sebastian Vettel thinks he would benefit from the advice of his old friend and mentor Michael Schumacher. One analysis of...

2018 F12 days ago

Verstappen says Red Bull never considered deal with Alonso

Max Verstappen says Red Bull never considered signing up Fernando Alonso for 2019. That is despite the fact that, recently,...

2018 F12 days ago

Honda poised to overtake Renault for power

Honda could be poised to overtake Renault and cease having the least powerful engine in F1. Auto Motor und Sport...

2018 F14 days ago

Pascal Wehrlein on pole for 2019 Toro Rosso race seat

Pascal Wehrlein has emerged as a top candidate to return to F1 next year. Just days ago, Mercedes admitted that...

2018 F14 days ago

I’ll be with Force India until the end of 2018 – Ocon

Esteban Ocon says he should keep his Force India cockpit for the rest of the 2018 season. Earlier, there was...

2018 F14 days ago

FIA clears legality of Ferrari’s camera-blocking ‘fan’

F1’s governing body has cleared Ferrari to keep using a controversial airbox fan. In the Singapore pits, the Italian team...

2018 F15 days ago

Ricciardo is worth top dollar – Alain Prost

Paying the big bucks for Daniel Ricciardo is an expense that Renault can fully justify. That is the view of...

2018 F15 days ago

Vettel feeling pressure of 2018 F1 title battle – Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel often struggles with pressure. That is the view of Adrian Newey, Red Bull’s famous technical boss who penned...

2018 F15 days ago

Red Bull excluding Ricciardo from meetings

Daniel Ricciardo is set to be given the cold shoulder by Red Bull. The Australian is moving from the energy...




Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media