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Pirelli happy with tyre performance from the 2012 rubber trialled in Abu Dhabi

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James Montgomery

November 19, 2011 10:19 AM

"The latest tyres also generate more grip from the rear, which tends to provoke more understeer and also enhances the possibilities for overtaking."

:S Would someone mind explaining to me how?? This will have the exact opposite effect on over-taking! When you are in the dirty air of someone, you normally find the car is understeery because there is less air pushing against the car!

In 2009, wider front tyres - more oversteery cars, the cars stayed closer together and overtaking was possible (no DRS and only 2 teams using KERS really). 2010.... narrower front tyres.... how many passes did we see in comparison to 2009?

The only reason the races this year have been interesting has been due to un-predictability and "additional help" i.e. tyre degredation - "falling off the cliff" - this made stratagies more open which lead to some interesting racing e.g. battles of people on new and old tyres - they were running their own race so you didn't know what was going to happen until th


November 19, 2011 10:32 AM

Exactly James. The whole point is to have a limited life on the tyre to make the race interesting.

It is the usual marketing bullshit, competitors taking the piss out of Pirelli for doing what they have been contracted to do, so they make their tyres last longer and the racing becomes dull again.

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