Mexico: Pirelli’s Final Opportunity for Tire Adjustments for 2024
A tire test in Mexico presents Pirelli with the final chance to make adjustments to its tires for the upcoming Formula 1 season in 2024. On Friday, drivers at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez will once again test a prototype of a new C4 compound.
New Intermediates Still in the Plan
Pirelli also still has the option to introduce revised wet-weather tires and intermediates during the 2024 season, as was the case this year when a rain tire was first used in Monaco without tire blankets.
“We are looking for tracks where we can test rain tires and intermediates,” says Isola. “Because the goal is to have a rain tire with better performance to have a better overlap with the intermediate, and perhaps an intermediate that works without tire blankets as early as 2024.”
Pirelli Continues to Plan with New Intermediates
However, this is unlikely to be the case at the start of the 2024 season, “because with the calendar we have next year, the first tires for Japan, China, and Australia need to be delivered very early, so we don’t have the possibility to change them at the beginning of the season,” Isola explains.
“But if we find a better tire for 2024, we will discuss with the teams, the FIA, and Formula 1 the possibility of introducing these tires during the season.”
Investigations into Qatar ongoing
In the meantime, Pirelli continues its investigations into the curb-related damages that occurred during the Qatar Grand Prix.
“What I can say is that we are now testing several tires under different conditions to understand the extent of the damage,” he explains. “When we look at the microscopic analysis, we can confirm that we had some damages after the race that align with the observations from the sprint. So, it was there.”
“But we also had the opportunity to conduct some specific tests to understand the remaining life. The remaining life is based on a normal track, not a track with curbs, but the tires had some remaining life.”
“This means that the distance of 18 laps, in my opinion, was the right decision as it included a safety margin. That was exactly what we wanted to see.”
Isola states that Pirelli doesn’t have concrete answers yet: “It’s still a bit early to draw a conclusion because some of the tests still need some time to be properly conducted, and then we will compile a report.”
“I have already had some meetings with the FIA to understand how to manage this flow of information from the beginning.”
“I think it’s quite positive; we have some ideas. We are more than willing to support any analysis on the geometry of the curbs or the impacts of the curbs on the tires and such because we know that a racetrack is not designed just for Formula 1 but also for motorcycles, GT cars, other single-seaters, and many, many other championships,” says Isola.
“So, it’s not easy to find a compromise that satisfies everyone. But I believe we have to tackle this task together.“