F1 » F1 2011 tyre choice reduced from five to two


And then there were two, it seems, with Bridgestone ostensibly sticking to its resolve to depart the fray come season's end and Avon Cooper and Kumho non-starters - leaving Michelin and Pirelli to fight it out for the F1 2011 tyre supply contract

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richard

May 17, 2010 1:14 PM

it was interesting to see that bridgestone were able to make a tyre that could go the whole race. makes a mockery of the two compound requirement. it appears to be needless. maybe whoever gets the contract, should be requested to supply a race long tyre, and drop the silly two tyre requirement.

Piercarlogassolini - Unregistered

May 17, 2010 1:34 PM

@taz it was boring yesterday WITH the pitstops.

The early safety car spoiled the chance to prove a pet theory I have, and that is that a mid-to-front running car could decline to qualify, start from the pitlane on optimum settings, pit after one lap, rejoin in clean air and race to the finish. My opinion is that that was what FA was going to do yesterday.

Taz - Unregistered

May 17, 2010 1:37 PM

@Piercarlogassolini

Fair point but with the aero and front tire issue at many circuits the only possibility of overtaking is the pit stops...I know it sucks.

Without the stops you could conceivably have 22 cars following each other around for 70 odd laps with no position change.

Monaco is usually boring apart from qualifying, the start and the odd prang !

Taz - Unregistered

May 17, 2010 1:37 PM

@Piercarlogassolini

Fair point but with the aero and front tire issue at many circuits the only possibility of overtaking is the pit stops...I know it sucks.

Without the stops you could conceivably have 22 cars following each other around for 70 odd laps with no position change.

Monaco is usually boring apart from qualifying, the start and the odd prang !

Lele - Unregistered

May 17, 2010 2:20 PM

On the tires topic: Pirelli's lead by one of the worst italian conmen ever: Marco Tronchetti Provera.
He can smell blood (or money) from miles away, and will sink his teeth in until he's drained the prey to a husk (there are a number of high-profile companies that can be used as an example to demonstrate the fact).
I sincerely hope the teams will choose Michelin.

Zoltan - Unregistered

May 17, 2010 3:32 PM

The pitstops are required because it's a talking point and an opportunity to advertise the Tyre manufacturer.

Simple as that. Of course they could make tyres last even 2-3 races!

Calvin _

May 17, 2010 4:04 PM

I agree with richard. The two tyre rule always seems a bit stupid to me, forceably making the teams stop to change tyres.

As for being boring, they could make a hard/medium tyre with lasts 2/3rd of a race and a faster soft tyre that could only last 1/3rd or a race, and give the teams complete freedom to chose a tyre/race strategy.

Calvin _

May 17, 2010 6:36 PM

I think it will be a difficult choice for the teams. First choice has to be with Michelin because they have the most recent history in F1, but they wantt o do some radical things to the F1 tyre to make it more in line with the real world, like making the wheels a more realistic size.

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