Formula 1 can solve the safety challenges posed by banning tyre warms in 2021 according to engineers from two of the top teams.
As RaceFans revealed today, F1 plans to introduce a new tyre specification in 2021 which will include a ban on tyre warmers, a move to 18-inch wheel sizes and other changes.
However Renault’s chief technical officer Bob Bell believes those challenges can be solved.
“I’m sure that a set of tyre requirements from the supplier can be agreed upon that will deliver tyres that will be capable of being operated safely, without blankets,” he said in today’s FIA press conference. “Plenty of other racing series do it so I don’t see any reason why we can’t in Formula One.”
Red Bull technical director Pierre Wache pointed out the operating range of F1’s tyres will make it hard for the manufacturer to supply a suitable product which can be used without blankets.
“On the technical side for the manufacturer it will be quite difficult,” he said. “Even more when you see the evolution of pressure you have without blankets, starting at 13 degrees, finishing at more than 100 degrees.
“With the energy we are putting in the tyre in Formula One is higher than other categories, then for sure it will be a big challenge for the tyre manufacturer.
“As an engineer, when it’s challenging, it’s quite interesting. I’m pretty sure we can find tricks and some possibilities on the car to use and to operate the tyre in the best way but it will be a big challenge for the manufacturer.”
Bell added that moving away from tyre blankets may also allow F1 to get rid of some of the other restrictions on how teams can use their tyres.
“If those specifications for the tyre allow us to get around some of the limitations that we face in operating the tyres at the minute, pressures, cambers, all those things, and make that task less onerous on the teams and produce more consistent performance throughout the life of the tyres, then I think that’s all to the good, and I’m sure that is possible to do.
“But it takes time to be sure what those requirements should be and to give the tyre manufacturer, whoever it is, time to develop the tyres. That’s not the work of five minutes.”
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