Pirelli confident they have delivered on 2022 tyre brief

Date published: November 3 2021 - Finley Crebolder

Front wheel of the prototype 2022 F1 car. Silverstone July 2021.

Pirelli are confident the tyres they have produced for next season fulfil Formula 1’s requirements and requests. 

Widespread regulation changes are being introduced next season with one of the primary goals being to allow cars to follow and race each other more closely than they currently can.

One of the ways in which the sport hopes to do that is by bringing in tyres that drivers can push harder on for longer and that are less sensitive to temperatures.

Pirelli F1 boss Mario Isola is confident the Italian company have produced ones that fit the bill, saying they “should be very close to the targets,” and has had his confidence backed up by drivers including Lewis Hamilton.

“During the tests for the 18-inch tyres, [the drivers] were happy with the result,” he told the BBC.

“Lewis, for example, is not a driver who loves to test and he decided to test for one day and he gave us his feedback and it was quite positive.”

For the tests that Hamilton and other drivers have conducted, 18-inch wheels that will be used in 2022 have been fitted to this year’s car, and Isola feels a verdict can’t be fully reached on the tyres yet because of that.

He also feels that problems could arise if next year’s cars turn out to be faster than initially expected as has been reported.

“We tested on ‘mule’ cars so we have to finally validate the results on the 2022 cars, which will be different,” he said.

“There is a lot of discussion about the real performance of the 2022 cars, because at the beginning everybody was expecting cars that were three seconds slower than the current ones.

 

“Now, there is discussion about a possible performance very close to the current cars and this affects the compounds. We design a range of compounds centred on the performance we are expecting for the following year.

“In any case, the compounds are completely new because we decided to change the philosophy to meet the targets. So we had a completely different approach with different ingredients.

“If there is a [requirement] to adjust the compounds for the following year, we have the 25 days of testing for 2022 and we are also free to select the compounds in a different way (from race to race).