Formula 1 teams will recover the performance lost from new, lower-downforce front wings in 2019, Pirelli believes.
The FIA predicted the simpler front wing designs which will be introduced next year would make the cars up to one-and-a-half seconds per lap slower. However Pirelli said it has been advised by teams that their development programmes for the 2019 F1 season are likely to add that much performance to the cars.
“Obviously the design of 2019 tyre also depends on the estimated downforce. To give you an idea, some of the teams said that at the beginning of 2019 the performance is probably in line with the beginning of 2018. So you cancel [out] one year of development by reducing the downforce.”
Pirelli is developing new tyre constructions for the 2019 cars, evaluating softer rubber and considering a reduction from the current seven dry-weather compounds.
“We are working on the construction in order to improve the wear profile because it is important to manage the degradation in a different way,” said Isola. “At the moment we have some areas where we can work to optimise the wear profile and how the tyre is working on the asphalt. So the first step is to optimise the construction, to make some changes to both front and rear and we are developing the new construct for next year.
“And obviously also to develop some different compounds because we know the target is also to reduce a little bit the number of compounds, we don’t want to have seven next year. But also with the right delta lap time between the levels.”
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