Pirelli looking to widen tyre working range in 2020

Jamie Woodhouse


Pirelli are considering widening the working range of their tyres in 2020 to make them easier to manage for teams.

Haas, Ferrari and Lewis Hamilton have been among a long list of critics who believe that Pirelli’s 2019 rubber is difficult to get into an operating window.

A struggle to get the tyres working has been Haas’ explanation throughout the season for their regular drop down the pack in race trim, but Pirelli are now weighing up ways act for 2020.

Speaking to Motorsport.com, Pirelli’s Formula 1 racing manager Mario Isola said: “What we are trying to do for next year is to focus on the working range, to make it wider.

“In 2021 we will have 18-inch tyres, but without blankets, so we need to design compounds that are working without them. You need something that generates grip from 20 degrees to 120 degrees.

“This is giving us the opportunity to develop new compounds for 2021, so if we find something good in this research phase, then we can introduce in 2020, why not?

“If we find a new family of compounds with a new philosophy, that is making the working range much wider, then we can introduce this new family also in 2020 with 13-inch [tyres] and with blankets.

“It’s not that blankets will create an issue. They just start from a higher temperature.”

Isola addressed the complaints which have been coming Pirelli’s way, saying they believed that a more competitive grid in 2019 was putting higher focus on tyre performance and giving the impression therefore that the compounds were tricky to use.

“If you consider the midfield, we have five or six teams that are within 0.2 seconds of each other,” he explained.

“It has become very, very important to find any thousandths of a second. It can create a difference in qualifying position or in the race pace or whatever.

“That’s why they [the teams] are so focused on the tyres, because probably if you are able to use the tyre in the best possible way you find performance. To find such performance with the power unit, or downforce is a bit more difficult.”

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