New constructions to improve performance in wet conditions during upcoming Formula 1 races
Pirelli, the official tire supplier of the Formula 1, has worked on a new construction of rain tires, focusing on heating and performance, following criticism raised by riders in previous years. These new rain tires will be available at the next round of the 2023 Formula 1 championship, the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, which will take place next weekend at the Imola circuit.
During the winter break between the 2022 and 2023 F1 seasons, several test sessions were carried out to refine the compound, which will be available from this weekend. The new compound can be mounted on Formula 1 cars without the need for glow plugs tires.
The debate over tire warmers in Formula 1
Formula 1 continues to consider the ban on the use of tire warmers in all compounds from the following season. Thus, until now, pilots have been cautious due to safety concerns. “A new rain tire compound will be introduced that will not require the prior use of tire warmers,” said Mario Isola. He currently works as head of Pirelli, speech before the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
The ban on tire warmers is certainly a topic at the center of the discussion. Especially in light of Antonio Fuoco’s accident with his Ferrari 499P in the World Endurance Championship. The cold tires, in fact, were the main cause of the Italian driver’s skidding.
Safety and sustainability: two challenges for F1
This is true to the point that the Federation itself has decided to rashly reintroduce tire warmers. Although they have limited it to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The abolition of tire warmers is another step motorsports is taking towards its sustainability goals. This is because heaters are known energy consuming devices.
The introduction of new rain tires by Pirelli it is indicative of the continuous innovation and development that is taking place. As new technologies are implemented and rules are revised in an effort to improve safety and sustainability, teams, drivers and suppliers like Pirelli are constantly looking for ways to adapt and improve.