Pirelli have slight problem with 2021 changes

23-02-2019 18:09
by Joseph Tyrrell
F1 News
Pirelli have slight problem with 2021 changes

There’s a lot of pressure on Pirelli ahead of the big 2021 rule change even if it is still 2 years away but the company are still largely in the dark over the matter.

Pirelli have been the tyre manufacturers for F1 since 2011 but have had several spells in the pinnacle of motorsport.

Liberty Media are set to make their first big impact in F1 in 2021 and Pirelli are already preparing for the major changes.

Speaking at the presentation of the 2019 covers, Mario Isola the head of Car Racing said: “Negotiations regarding the 'mule cars' to test this type of tire on the track are underway with the FIA and the teams.”

With the rules not yet set in stone, Pirelli are in the dark about what to plan for and what to expect and Isola touched on this.

“We have a problem, namely that the rules for 2021 have not yet been defined and therefore it is difficult for the teams to provide 'mule cars' that can express representative performances with a view to 2021.

“In this sense it will probably be the 2018 cars, modified to accommodate the tires with 18-inch wheels and this will be possible by intervening on the suspension and aerodynamic packages with the aim of simulating the conditions of use that are closest to the cars of 2021,” added Isola.

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