F1 » Pirelli ready for 18-inch tyres in 2016

Pirelli says it would be ready to supply 18-inch tyres for F1 in 2016 if the teams requested it

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July 09, 2014 6:28 PM

I've posted this before but it bares repeating:
With the increase in unsprung weight and an aspect ratio which is detrimental to the sidewall flexing which aids road compliance and traction the larger wheel/tire package's only advantage is increased room for larger brakes. This is useful in endurance racing but not F1. Road cars have large wheels for marketing reasons concerning style and Pirelli wants to follow road car practice now? More than a bit backwards. It will give the suspension engineers headaches for sure as the present tires form most of the cars suspension. Heavier, less compliant and less resilient the new Pirelli's are like most things in F1, more about the show than the go!

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