FIA sets tough conditions for Pirelli’s 2017 tyres
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 denes 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”