Nov.6 (GMM) Pirelli could scrap its proposed 2020 tyres.
The teams and drivers were nearly unanimous in their disapproval of the 2020 prototypes when they were tested for the first time in US GP practice.
“It is not a positive step, but we have agreed to take a few days for the analysis,” Red Bull team boss Christian Horner told Germany’s Motorsport-Magazin.com.
Pirelli’s goal was in part to make the tyres less susceptible to overheating. 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve thinks that is one of the main factors affecting the F1 show.
“It’s a big problem right now that Pirelli has to deal with,” he told Le Journal de Montreal.
“The reason the cars can’t follow is because they lose downforce, and when that happens, the tyres overheat.”
Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto says Pirelli has failed to address that problem with the 2020 design.
“The tyre is not faster and not better on the wear side,” he said after Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc tried the 2020 tyres in Austin practice.
“We do not prefer the tyre because the targets have not been met.”
Pirelli boss Mario Isola, however, said the initial complaints from the drivers should not be immediately taken as gospel.
“It’s not that I do not trust the drivers,” he said. “We can only look at the data. We have the first indications now and we still have a lot more work to do.”
The drivers will get their next taste of the 2020 tyres after the season finale in Abu Dhabi.
“Now we need some adjustments to the cars to use the tyres better,” said Isola.
F1 Changes Starting in 2021 - After many months of discussions and deliberations, Formula 1’s ten teams have now agreed to the terms of the “Concorde Agreement” that binds them to the world championship for another five years.
This agreement is a contract between Formula 1, the FIA governing body and the teams which wish to compete in the F1 World Championship from 2021 to 2025 and defines how F1’s television revenues and prize money will be distributed.
Formula 1 bosses have been keen to build a strong foundation on which to secure the long-term future for the championship. As such a revolutionary new budget cap will be introduced next year, along with new technical regulations and a new set of sporting rules coming in 2022.
The Covid-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for everyone in 2020, and has served as another reminder that something needed to change. Once the championship restarted, so too could the commercial agreement talks.
By changing the way the prize money is distributed, it was inevitable that some teams would be happy – as they would receive a greater share – and others less so, as they would have a smaller slice.
But ultimately, as they have increasingly done in recent months, all the stakeholders found a way to come together and compromise on the document, which they agreed to in time for the early deadline of August 18th – which brought a small financial incentive.
With the 10 teams signed up for the next five years, and the regulations and cost cap defined, Formula 1 can finally embark on a new era. The new agreement also squashes any speculation that teams like Mercedes or Haas might not be around for the long term.
The hope now is that all F1 teams can develop themselves into robust operations financially while also closing the pack in terms of competitiveness that can in turn improve the racing spectacle.
Roll on 2021!