Oversized calendars: a risk for tire development

F1 – In a not too distant time there Formula One it was based on a calendar that was held well below the twenty annual races. Furthermore, the European quota of appointments weighed more in the overall count. Which allowed the development of simpler and more rational logistics. Over the years we have witnessed a gradual “stretching” of the list of grand prix. The 2022 is the record year. 23 scheduled races that will take place despite the cancellation of Sochi which will be replaced as soon as the vertices of Liberty Media they will have finished the round of consultations with the organizers concerned.

With such a large number of events spread over just over nine months, factory work has to be sacrificed. The teams do it partially, but also those who have to supply the tires to them. It is no mystery that in the paddock there is widespread dissatisfaction with such a large calendar. THE team principal complain because, with the ax of budget cap hanging over their heads, the resources to better manage the season are significantly reduced. To the chorus of lamentations – which for now is expressed in a low voice – she has joined Pirelli.

Detail of the new covers that will be present in 2022 together with the new covers

The number one of Pirelli Motorsport, Mario Isoladid not send them to say that he was decidedly dissatisfied with the current organizational structure of the F1 which puts in difficulty those who have to develop the product, read the tires, without the possibility of testing them on the track by adequately setting specific events. Something that would become even more necessary when we are in the midst of a technical revolution that has seen eighteen-inch wheels replace thirteen-inch ones.

Let’s take this world start 2022. There F1 has moved since Bahrain toSaudi Arabia in a few days. And so far nothing strange given the proximity of the two states. Then a few days’ break and flew to the other side of the Earth, in Australia. From there the bandwagon will go in Europeto Imola. Then they will pack their weapons and luggage to fly to the Statesto You love me. After two weeks she will return to the Old World with the Spanish GP which opens a hyper-compressed European strip that will take us to the August summer break in which no one, Pirelli included, will be able to test on the track.

Mario Isola, head of F1 and Car racing Pirelli

The Milanese manager believes that having so many Grands Prix is ​​a big problem, especially when it comes to organizing tests to develop the compound. Not to mention the evolution of wet tires that have been tested on the cars 2022 only in one session of the Spanish winter tests lasted very little as the track, artificially wet, dried out very quickly: “Logistics is a nightmare, honestly. With 23 races moving between Europe, abroad, again Europe and again abroad, it is much more difficult than in the past. The space to organize the tests is not very large. Despite this we try to do it in the best possible way“.

The biggest problem is that of tests on wet asphalt. A F1 increasingly refractory to “wet race“Needs to understand how to behave in such circumstances to avoid the repetition of events like that of Spa Francorchamps 2021: “For wet tests we need specific circuits, such as Paul Ricard or Fiorano where there are sprinklers to be able to wet the track well.. They are usually not linked to a race, so we need to find a couple of days here and a couple of days there where the teams can travel to the aforementioned tracks or to Magny-Cours and try in the wet“.

Lewis Hamilton during the wet tests of spain.

Pirelli arrived at 2022 having been able to test the tires only with forklift cars 2021 adapted. Not an exciting condition for developing the product at its best. The real data acquisition phase is this. It is the sporting season itself that is a training ground for growing and better defining the product for the years to come: “Now we can try real cars, so it’s a little better. The teams – he reported Island they did a great job in providing us with mule cars, but these were different and now we need to understand if the tires we have developed are good“.

All in all, to draw a preliminary balance, the tires 2022 they are doing well. Beyond some haggard complaints about product management, the tires showed a good response in terms of performance and durability which appeared to be suitable for a F1 not one-stop. In fact, the risk of having too hard tires that would produce races with few pit stops was averted. At least this is the initial trend that will be confirmed in the following months. However, as teams’ understanding of the product increases, this situation may change.

F1-Author: Diego Catalano@ diegocat1977

Photo:F1, Pirelli Motorsport, Mercedes AMG F1

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