THAT WAS THEN...
Pirelli have been given a set of requirements this season to address the problem, and have been told to produce tyres on which drivers can race hard throughout a grand prix. One of the big questions hanging over the season is: will Pirelli succeed and what will F1 do about it if not? stay stable, eventually performance is going to converge. It was because we weren’t sure that it was the right way for F1.”
Red Bull have been putting forward the opposing view, that F1 needs the rule change to spice things up and make the cars more spectacular. They claim that everything had got to the point where it seemed just a bit too safe.
Even Wolff admits: “The cars, certainly in the windtunnel, look very spectacular, very wide with the big tyres, and I am personally very excited to see them on track for the rst time.
“For the drivers it will be much harder; the cars will be pulling more G through the corners. The simulations that we have seen are very exciting. Corners will be at that are far from at today, and we will be breaking records in terms of lap time. So, I guess, an exciting season will be ahead of us.
“I hope that the overtaking is not going to be too difcult because of the width of the car and the dirty air behind it, but let’s see. In hindsight, now that we are where we are, we have to make the best of it.”
Not everyone agrees that the look of the cars has been as carefully considered as it might have been, however. The wider-tyre, wider-track look was based on the cars of 1991-92. But those cars had bodywork that was 1,400mm wide mated with a two-metre track.