Formula 1 teams reject 'very weird and very bad' proposed new Pirelli tires for 202012/11/2019
Romain Grosjean puts proposed 2020 tires through their paces at Abu Dhabi.
Formula 1 teams unanimously rejected the proposed new tires from Pirelli for the 2020 season following the postseason test in Abu Dhabi.
Pirelli has new tires that are designed to improved close-quarters racing in 2021. A 2020 version with the same overall goal in mind, however, was turned down.
The new construction was designed to work in a wider temperature band. This would have made it easier to go flat-out for longer in races without risking burning up tires early. For Haas F1 Team—a team that struggled most of the season to work the tires properly in 2019—new compounds for 2020 would have been a welcome solution.
However, the 2020 tires tested in Abu Dhabi will now not be introduced. Labeled as a “disappointment” by Sebastian Vettel and described as “very weird and very bad” by McLaren’s Carlos Sainz, teams will continue to use the 2019 rubber for one more year before the introduction of larger 18-inch rims—replacing the current 13-inch rims—in 2021.
Romain Grosjean, Haas driver and a director of the Grand Prix Drivers Association, or GPDA, tested the proposed 2020 rubber and said, “I just have to tell the truth: No, it’s not going to change the problem fully.”
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