FIA sets tough con­di­tions for Pirelli’s 2017 tyres

F1 Racing - - INSIDER -

The gov­ern­ing body has sent For­mula 1’s sole tyre sup­plier a ‘tar­get let­ter’ out­lin­ing how the tyres should work next sea­son

Pirelli have been tasked with pro­duc­ing tyres for next year that can be pushed hard through­out their life. The FIA has is­sued the com­pany with a ‘tar­get let­ter’ that denes the be­hav­iours it wants to see in the tyres in 2017.

This fol­lows grow­ing dis­en­chant­ment with the na­ture of the cur­rent tyres, which have high ther­mal degra­da­tion and can­not be pushed hard for more than a lap or two at a time. This has meant driv­ers must lap well be­low the limit in races to en­sure the tyres make the op­ti­mum stint lengths. Grow­ing pres­sure from the driv­ers over the past year or so brought this is­sue to a head.

But Pirelli have also made the let­ter a con­di­tion of their con­tin­ued in­volve­ment in For­mula 1. They had asked to be is­sued with a clear brief, since they felt they were al­ready cur­rently sat­is­fy­ing a brief given by Bernie Ec­cle­stone, but that dif­fer­ent stake­hold­ers had other ex­pec­ta­tions and de­sires.

Cur­rent tyres can­not be pushed for more than a lap or two due to high ther­mal degra­da­tion – some­thing Pirelli have been asked to ad­dress

Pirelli’s Paul Hem­bery: “We have to make tyres that will have less degra­da­tion and less wear”

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