The Formula 1 teams voted against introducing new tyres for the 2020 season to avoid the need to redevelop their cars for this season, according to Pirelli’s head of F1 and car racing Mario Isola.Yas Marina following the season finale, teams decided to continue using the 2019 rubber instead.
Isola said he was “not disappointed” by their decision. He believes it was made because the different shape of the 2020 tyres would have forced teams to make changes to their car designs for the upcoming season.
“Before taking the decision we had a lot of discussion with the teams,” he told RaceFans in an exclusive interview. “Obviously that decision came quite late, considering that we had the additional development and then the final validation in Abu Dhabi.
“It is clear the new product has a different profile and this affects the aerodynamics of the car. And with cars that are almost – I would say 95% – finalised, the teams are not very happy to modify the car again or to put additional resources on developing the 2020 car.
“We have to consider that it is a very particular period in which the teams, especially last year, have been involved in three different projects. Because they were racing with the 2019 car, they were developing the 2020 car and they were already working on the 2021 car regulations. Even if they didn’t make any physical part of the 2021 car, some people were involved in analysis and simulations and so on to finalise the 2021 regulations.
“So it’s a very busy period for us as well for the teams. And the final decision was mainly due to the fact that keeping the same tyres that we had last year is not a modification, it’s not an additional element to consider for the teams in 2020. They know the tyre, the learning curve that we have every year when we introduce a new tyre is not there for this year so they can focus on 2021 and developing the 2020 car without having these additional elements that is a variable in their development. So it’s understandable from a side that they decided to keep the old tyre.”
However Isola pointed out that the minimum tyre pressures will have to rise this year as increased downforce levels are likely to put the tyres under greater strain.
“They are aware of the fact that due to the increase in performance for the 2020 car, we probably need to raise a little bit the pressure this year. Because obviously with increased performance the only leverage that we have is to increase the starting pressure.”
Advert | Become a RaceFans supporter and
2020 F1 season
- Bottas vs Rosberg: Hamilton’s Mercedes team mates compared after 78 races each
- F1 revenues fell by $877 million in Covid-struck 2020 season
- Hamilton and Mercedes finally announce new deal for 2021 season
- F1 audience figures “strong” in 2020 despite dip in television viewers
- 2020 F1 driver rankings #1: Lewis Hamilton