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Teams unanimously reject 2020 Pirelli tyres

  • Published on 10 Dec 2019 14:15
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Formula 1 will continue to use 2019 Pirelli tyres in 2020 following unanimous agreement between all ten F1 teams.

The prototype tyres were tested towards the end of the 2019 season, and received mixed feedback from the drivers who gathered data for Pirelli.

Further tests were carried out post-season at Abu Dhabi, with the tyre in use for two days at the Yas Marina Circuit. 

The tyre was aimed at creating a wider working range, while also calming the overheating issues that have been generated when following other cars.

However, plans to introduce the tyre have been scrapped, falling in line with the stabilisation of the regulations from 2019 to 2020.

“The FIA would like to thank both Pirelli and all the teams for their work and collaboration to improve the tyres for the 2020 season and beyond,” an FIA statement read.

“In any case, the lessons learnt will be invaluable for the further improvement of the tyres in the future.”

2020 will be the final year that F1 runs with 13-inch rims before the switch is made to 18-inch wheels for the 2021 campaign.

The new wheels will be introduced alongside a major regulation overhaul, aimed at bringing the field closer together and allowing for better on-track racing.

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  • f1dave

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    F1 needs more than one supplier of tires !

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    • Dec 10 2019 - 15:35
    • Agreed. If their priority really is the innovation, F1 should invite more suppliers. If we can have multiple fuel suppliers, engine suppliers, and chassis suppliers, why not multiple tyre suppliers?

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      • Dec 10 2019 - 18:40
    • In part, it could potentially bump costs, in part because while I like tyre wars, I also don't want one severely dominant compound what is the hands down decisive factor of a race.

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      • Dec 10 2019 - 19:53

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