F1 » Pic finds 18-inch tyres ‘a big challenge’

Charles Pic says a switch to 18-inch tyres in the future “will be a big challenge” after testing the concept for Pirelli

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July 09, 2014 11:30 PM

It'd be interesting to learn the expected advantages of running a lower profile tyre.

Is it an expected performance gain? Is it to make the R&D put into an F1 tyre more transferable to other classes? Or is it just about making the show a bit better by closing some performance gaps?


July 09, 2014 11:38 PM

The higher profile tyres do a fair bit of the work of the suspension, these lower profiles won't don nearly as much.

When the drivers hit the kerbs with the high profile the tyre absorbs much of the impact and the chassis can remain stiff.

With the lower profile tyres the suspension will have to do more work (raising costs?) and the car will be more unsettled, maybe making racing more exciting, who knows.


July 10, 2014 12:07 AM

It actually makes them look like F1 cars again and not over sized Go Carts. Hopefully when the chassis is designed for the tyres we have far more reliance on mechanical grip rather than aerodynamic. That has to make the racing more interesting as the "bad air" problem we currently have, where a car can be much faster than the one in front but not be able to pass, will be minimised.


July 10, 2014 2:29 AM
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If they do reduce the importance of aero parts on the car I say bring them in ASAP! The less dependant the series is of aerodynamics the closer the racing will be. Plus it's not like manufacturers can use any of those parts on real world cars anyway... and since even your everyday VW Polo can be specced with 18" wheels, F1 might as well find a way to develop that type of tire further!

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