2024 Tyres without test warmers

Tyres without test warmers will be able to provide more accurate results in terms of grip, traction, and stability. This will lead to improved safety and performance on the roads. The new tyres will be available from 2024.

There is a topic bound to be the reason for rendezvous in the near coming months. It is the proposal that electrical blankets should be banned as from 2024, which is a step into the F1 agenda, which houses all measures aimed at achieving the Carbon Neutral goal in the year 2030. Team Mercedes and Aston Martin have organized their engines for a Pirelli test program, which will be aimed at obtaining feedback which will be used to evaluate effects of a major change destined to be discussed.

So far, the tests that have happened, and which will continue in the upcoming months, will be very important in the way of the final decision in June. If electric blankets abolition is agreed upon, the impact in terms of energy savings will be considerable, both simultaneously in terms of transport and electrical consumption. But there are many factors to take into consideration, include some which have been known for a while and some which have sprouted from the first tests that were carried out to evaluate the effects of using tyres at room temperature.

The confirmed time for tyres to reach the expected operating window is approximately two laps with an overall loss of time which was compared to warmed tyres that were estimated to be four to five seconds per lap. This is an important gap in managing the race and will lead the terms to limit pit stops to the bare minimum. Without any possibility of an undercut, drivers and strategists would hardly be exposed to risks of a second stop, with a considerable impact on the nature of races.

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It is important to note that the time required for warm up would have an impact on the traffic in qualifying, considering the greater number of laps which might be two or three depending on the track that the driver would have to cover at a reduced pace before taking off for the fastest lap.

Technical problems that are unavoidable have emerged because of the current technology, which is difficult to solve. The tyres which are currently in function work averagely at a pressure of 22 psi, a value that is easily reached starting from the pits with a temperature of 70 degrees and a pressure of about 18 psi. In the paddock they are discussing whether from 2024 tyres will be used without heating the tire warmers.

Another important change is exiting the pit lane with a pit tire at room temperature. This is because the delta to reach operating values is much greater and involves an increase in pressure of about 9/10 psi. The problem could be solved by beginning the race from the pits with a very low pressure, but this would lead to significant flattening of the tire and there would be a risk of problems in the construction.

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After analysis, it is seen that the only way forward is a new life of tyres and new design, but in any case this will not be a simple challenge for Pirelli. There are two ways out of this, either a construction with innovative materials that are able to support lower ignition pressures without resulting in damage or, a casing that manages to keep the profile the same without, of course, impacting the footprint at earth even with high pressure values.

The question that still remains is the usefulness of introducing impacting novelty on the technical front, with the potential repercussions showing up in the race as of the year 2024. The FIA ​​and teams still have a few months to evaluate and analyze everything, it will be very interesting to hear the views of the drivers such as Alonso, Stroll, Hamilton and Russell who have had opportunities to verify various problems on the track.

There is a possibility that a change could be introduced in a very short time that is relating to intermediate and wet tyres, tyres that can work at a lower temperature and are less vulnerable to the problem of slicks.

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