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Motors Bit-Tech F1 2021 thread - Race 7: France

Discussion in 'General' started by RedFlames, 13 Dec 2020.

  1. fix-the-spade

    fix-the-spade Multimodder

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    Pirelli have been given an impossible job by the FIA, they have to build tyres that can withstand a fully fueled 900kg car pulling 5g+ sideways at over 320kph, but the tyres also have to have a useful lifepsan of 30% to 50% of the race distance and no longer. Bridgestone took one look at the specs and walked away, when the supply contract came up for renewal a couple of years ago Pirelli were the only company to tender for the second time. There have definitely been more tyre blowups under pirelli than in the olden days but Pirelli are building what F1 asked them to build.
    I suspect next year with the low profile tyres this will happen less, those tyres won't lean over and press the sidewalls into the ground the way the current ones do, they'll have a thicker tread too.
     
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  2. Anfield

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    Yep, that Gasly Leclerc fight at the end for 3rd was very entertaining to watch:thumb:
     
  3. wolfticket

    wolfticket Downwind from the bloodhounds

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    Gasly's precision on braking was pretty amazing.
    Alonso was good on the restart too.
     
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  4. legoman

    legoman breaker of things

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    Giovinazzi went into someone on the opening lap, I saw it in a replay, also I know someone in the team ;)
     
  5. enbydee

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    Ricciardo
     
  6. Omnislip

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    I appreciate this, and overall the sport has dug itself into a very deep hole with the current set of regulations. But the one thing that will most switch customers off buying Pirelli tyres for their road car is watching them explode at high speed on a straight!! This kind of incident is a disaster for their advertising, much worse than having a somewhat boring F1 strategy through the season.
     
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  8. fix-the-spade

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    I do wonder about that, but I suspect the number who take away negatives about Pirelli tyres is low compared to the number who see the Pirelli logos. Pirelli gets paid something like $220million per year for it's tyre supply deal so I suspect they aren't too fussed as long as the negative coverage isn't too intense.

    It is a shame that they keep having this happen in F1, in GT3 and Superbikes Pirelli are basically the standard tyre.
     
  9. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun. Staff

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    Pirelli have basically been asked to save the racing, as they can't seem to get it right with the regs. They could easily make tyres that last all race and stick like glue, but then even more races would be processional.
     
  10. stonedsurd

    stonedsurd Is a cackling Yuletide Belgian

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    IMO, the restart proves the easy solution is to change nothing except mandate a minimum of two stops per race. Give teams something to actually strategise other than "start on softs/mediums, end with mediums/hards" or "start on hards, end with mediums/softs". A more diverse set of strats will probably see interesting tyre utilisation across a weekend and allow some drivers to push harder on more aggressive strats versus others on more conservative ones.

    I expect the gap between top-tier and midfield/backmarkers will widen significantly, but should at least give us good creative racing in the middle of the pack, and who knows, maybe even a good two- or three-way fight at the pointy end?
     

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