Now that we know Pirelli have been given the nod as the continuing tire supplier in Formula 1, what are your feelings about the direction the tires should go in? Mercedes driver, Nico Rosberg, feels that fan input on where they’d like to see the tires go is important while team bosses come to grips with a longer relationship with Pirelli than some would have preferred.
If 2017 is a magic year of change in F1, then surely this talk of fat tires has lodged itself in your head somewhere…so is that what you want to see? More grip and fatter tires that still degrade quickly? The notion of an 18-19″ rim has also disappeared from the conversation as well with teams claiming it would require too much chassis re-design etc.
Teams have also complained about the early start to 2016 and how much money that will not cost them and about additional tire testing which may cost them money. I’ll be honest, at this point the “it costs too much” canard is getting old and it’s becoming a mantra that is starting to irritate fans. Every change proposed is met with one or more teams who don’t like the change claiming outrageous costs to implement that change.
Then you have engine manufacturers adamant that they cannot charge less for their engines and that the R&D costs must be born somewhere. The challenging notion here is that the series has set up makers of engines to supply the grid and have the customers pay for it, that’s not a good recipe is it?
Tires are essential and critical to F1 and Pirelli seem keen to do whatever F1 wants but I would like to hear what Pirelli would really want. They’ve been doing this for a while now and know all the players, what works and what doesn’t. Has anyone in F1 actually asked Pirelli what they feel would make the series better and what kind of product they could deliver in to make it so?