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.
Carlos Sainz, Charles Leclerc and the young racer Robert Schwarzman were the fastest with the Ferrari team at the tire testing for the 2023 season in Abu Dhabi. A total of 9 laps were completed during the 237-hour test at the Yas Marina circuit. After the final of the 2022 season, the teams stayed in Abu Dhabi, where they performed tire tests for the coming season. Each team could send one regular and one young racer to the track. The fourth time of the day was achieved by Pierre Gasly, who changed the Alpha Tauri car to the Alpine team car. Fifth was current world champion Max Verstappen, who sat in the car in the afternoon after being driven by Sergio Perez in the morning. The Mexican set the thirteenth time of the day. Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin) and Oscar Pi also drove the first laps in the new teams
Lewis Hamilton, after the end of winter testing in Bahrain, criticized this year's Pirelli tires, which he said were worse than last year. At Mercedes, the winter tests ended with mixed feelings, as they had quite a few problems with the behavior of the car after they heavily updated it with a package that includes very small pages. The solution attracted a lot of attention, but the Mercedes race car, at least on the time tables, did not show a form that would instill fear in the bones of the competition. Hamilton’s best time of three days of testing in Bahrain was only sixteenth overall. “With this year’s rules, they wanted to reduce the vacuum of the car, so we all have a little less grip on the track, but the tires are also worse than last year,” Hamilton said. “Physically, this year’s race car
Tire manufacturer Pirelli suspects that Red Bull and Aston Martin did not follow the tire pressure guidelines in the F1 race for the Grand Prix of Azerbaijan in Baku, according to the Italian Gazzetta dello Sport. Max Verstappen was in the lead at the race when his tire burst at high speed. Similarly, a few laps had happened to Lance Stroll a few times earlier, and Pirella was blamed for the flat tire immediately after the race by the debris on the track, as Lewis Hamilton's tire was also allegedly cut. Pirelli later conducted a detailed analysis of the data, and although official results are not yet available, Gazzetta claims that it showed that several teams did not adhere to the prescribed tire pressures. The official results are expected to be known by the end of next week. Verstappen said after the race that there will probably be no prizes at Pirelli
The current Formula 1 world champion, Lewis Hamilton, remained on the racetrack after the race in Imola, as he tested Pirelli's 18-inch tires, which will be in use in the 2022 season, on Tuesday. this year's race car ran 130 laps on them, or a little more than two lengths of race. Lewis Hamilton drove 18 laps with Pirelli’s 2022-inch tires for the 130 season. Tomorrow, Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas is waiting for the tire test, and Pirelli will continue the testing program after the race for the Spanish GP next month, when the racers of the Alpine, Red Bull and Alfa Romeo teams will be on the track. The program will then continue in Austria, Great Britain, Hungary, and in France on the Paul Ricard tracks.
Formula 1 will race with tires from the Italian manufacturer Pirelli until the end of 2024. Originally, the FIA umbrella organization's tender, awarded to Pirelli, was set for 2023. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic and the consequent postponement of the new rules to 2022, the contract between the FIA, Formula 1 and Pirelli was extended for further summer. An additional year was blessed by the FIA Council on Friday night. The background to the unplanned extension of the contract, however, is that the introduction of new 18-inch tires has been postponed due to the postponement of the new rules. Formula 1 is currently wearing 13-inch tires, but will switch to 18-inch tires under the new technical regulations. The development of the latter costs the Italians a lot of money. Already at the end of 2019, the first prototypes of the new ones were tested on the track
Pirelli and the Formula 1 officials agreed that the Italian manufacturer will have the first 30 minutes of the second free practice to test the new tires of the 2021 season at the Portuguese GP in Portimao. Otherwise, the tires for next season are largely unchanged, for smaller adjustments, however, Pirelli is left with only this option of testing. All teams are required to participate in this scheduled test. “We plan to give each team three sets of tires, which means 30 sets of prototypes of our products,” explained Mario Isola, Pirelli’s sports boss. Mario Isola, Pirelli’s sporting boss, has confirmed that prototype tires for the 2021 season will be tested at the start of the second free practice at the Portuguese Grand Prix in Portimao.
Pirelli has confirmed that this weekend, at the second race in Silverstone, riders will be offered softer tire mixes than were available to them at Sunday’s UK Grand Prix, where some racers, including winner Lewis Hamilton, had their front left tires burst . In the last laps, both Mercedes racers and Carlos Sainz, as well as Kimi Raikkonen, were left without one tire, while Daniil Kvyat had an accident at high speed when his rear right tire burst in a Maggotts corner. Pirelli offered the riders a mixture of C1, C2 and C3, but due to problems with them, many doubted the feasibility of plans to offer a mixture of C70, C1 and C2, ie one level softer, for the F3 4th anniversary FXNUMX. The weather forecast indicates that temperatures in Silverstone will be in the coming weekend
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