The so-called tire war, where F1 teams compete with tires from different manufacturers, will not return to Formula One for some time. Formula 1 last had two tire manufacturers between 2011 and 2006, when Michelin and Bridgestone fought for supremacy, and the latter then supplied the F1 teams with tires until 2011, when the role of official tire supplier fell to Italy's Pirelli. The latter will remain the sole rubber until the end of 2027, with the possibility of an extension for another season, after which they will no longer be involved in F1 and Bridgestone will most likely get their chance again. From 2006 onwards, Formula One rejects the possibility of two or more tire fitters in a season, mainly to save money, as the "tire war" would require more testing, and at the same time, the belief is that there is less mo
F1 drivers will have to make at least three pit stops during the 57-lap Qatar GP, and will not be allowed to drive more than 18 laps on any set of tyres. The decision was made following an analysis of the tires used in Saturday's sprint race, which showed that changes to the track did not resolve the problems with mechanical tire damage. It is also the first race in F1 history where such an important decision was made on the day of the race itself. If any of the racers rides on the same set of tires for too long, they will be disqualified from the race.
Pirelli will also be officially confirmed as F1's official tire supplier in the coming days after beating Japan's Bridgestone in the competition, but the Italian tire manufacturer is withdrawing from F2028 after 1. The competition, which also included the supply of tires to the F2 and F3 championships from 2025 to 2027 with the possibility of an extension to 2028, chose in the last round between Pirelli and Bridgeston, who said goodbye to F1 after the 2010 season and although the Japanese manufacturer met all the technical conditions, it apparently broke down on the commercial details. Bridgestone is said to have made a tempting offer to Formula One, but in the end Stefano Domenicali decided on the rubber for the next season together with some leading individuals from F1. In the end, the fact that F1 already knows Pirelli's product should prevail, and Bridgestone should be in favor
F1 drivers and teams will have another training session in Qatar before today's sprint race, as concerns have arisen over the possibility of tire explosions. Pirelli did an analysis of the tires after yesterday and found that some of the tires were damaged, or the sidewalls of the tires had separated from the tire body. The FIA said this could lead to tire pressure leaks, leading to tire explosions, posing a danger to the racers. Doha's new 'pyramid' curbs blamed for tire damage. The problem is believed to stem from the new curbs at the Losail circuit, and the FIA has taken some preventative measures, such as changes to the track at Turns 12 and 13 and adding a 10-minute practice session for drivers and teams to familiarize themselves with the new features. Additional training with
The race in Spa has always been known as one of the most unpredictable in the calendar, due to the location of the track, where the weather changes quickly. Thus, rain is a frequent spice of Formula 1 races. But in the last few years we have seen quite a few controversial races at Spa because of the rain. Why? Well, honestly, it's not a plot that can only happen in Spa. Some time ago, qualifications or races were interrupted due to a heavy downpour at other racetracks as well. But the most controversial races have recently been in the rainy Spa. After such events, I often see the comments "the racers are crying, 30 years ago they raced normally in such weather!". "A couple of drops have fallen, but they don't dare to race!" I definitely can't agree. The fact is that even if the current 20 racers were dropped in the middle of the hurricane
At Pirelli, they agree with the observations of racers and spectators that the tires for heavy rain, which are known for their blue border, are completely useless recently, since racers only drive them behind the safety car, and for 2024 they propose the introduction of a new "super intermediate" tires. The Formula One sprint race in Belgium was cut short due to heavy downpour just before the race and started with a series of laps behind the safety car. The racers in the column behind the safety car successfully dried the track to such an extent that immediately after the flying start of the race, many racers drove into the pits and installed light rain tires on the racing car. Racers said it was completely unnecessary to have heavy rain tires if they weren't going to be raced anyway due to the poor visibility caused by the raised water mist for the racer
Fernando Alonso believes the new tires introduced by Pirelli for the British Grand Prix have slowed down Aston Martin and Red Bull. Pirelli introduced more robust tires at Silverstone, which were initially intended for the 2024 season. But since the teams are rapidly improving their racing cars and increasing the vacuum and thus the tire loads, they decided to use some innovations already this year, so that it would not be necessary to increase the lower limit of the permissible tire pressure. "We're a tenth of a second behind McLaren, so maybe it's not as bad as it looks, but in the last few races we've fallen back and the others have progressed," Alonso said. "The question also arises whether it is a coincidence that some teams have more problems just after the introduction of the new Pirelli tires, while some have had problems with their racing cars
Formula 1 qualifications for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola will undergo a slight change. Racers will have to use a specific compound of tires in each part of qualifying. In the first part of the qualification, all racers will compete on the hardest tire compound, in the second part with medium hard, and in the last part with the softest compound. Pirelli will thus supply the teams with eleven sets of dry track tires for each driver, i.e. two less than before. Racers will have three sets of hard tires, and four sets of medium hard and soft tires for the entire race weekend. In case of rain, the racers will also compete with new rain tires, which do not need to be heated with electric heaters. Until now, heavy rain tires have been heated at 40°C for two hours in the pits, and the new rain tire compound allows driving without preheating
Formula 1 has started a competition to select a tire fitter for the 2025 season and beyond. Italy's Pirelli has been the exclusive tire supplier since the 2011 season, when the tire war ended and F1 decided that all teams must use tires from the same manufacturer. Of course, Pirelli is ready to continue with the supply of tires, although they have not yet applied for the current tender, but it seems that they could get a serious competitor in the competition this time, as the Japanese tire manufacturer Bridgestone is said to be very interested in returning to F1. The competition, which started on March 20 this year, will give the tire manufacturer a contract for three seasons from 2025 to 2027, with the option of extending to 2028, and the chosen outfitter will also have to supply tires to Formula 2 and Formula 3, as is the case now.
Lewis Hamilton returned to the wheel of the hated W2023 car, which he said he never wanted to drive again after a troubled 13 season, as part of Pirelli's 2022 tire tests on Thursday. The Brit returned to the Paul Ricard circuit in the statistically worst car of his F1 career after being driven by team-mate George Russell in the morning. The German team with British drivers took the opportunity to prepare for the upcoming season and took part in the Pirelli dry track tire tests, while the Mercedes team will be back on track again next week in Jerez, followed by the presentation of the W15 race car on February 14 before the start of the winter races. testing.