Although Verstappen has already won six of the first nine races in 2022, it is also clear that the reigning world champion is not a big fan of the balance of the new F1 cars. Since the new regulations, these cars suffer from understeer, while drivers like Lewis Hamilton, Charles Leclerc and Verstappen prefer oversteer.
Luck for Verstappen
Pirelli's top man says that they are working on a new tyre for 2023. They are mainly looking at the front tyre. The rear tyre is already very strong, which makes the cars tend to understeer. The front tyre will have to be made stronger to solve this problem in 2023.
The question is whether changing the tyre will also improve the balance of the whole car. The tyres have a big influence on performance, but Isola says that the aerodynamics of the car also play a crucial role. The aerodynamics will have to improve as well if the RB18/RB19 is to be Verstappen's favourite.