Pirelli clarify how F1’s ‘greener’ new tyre guidelines will work at Imola GP


Method 1 has performed round with a number of guidelines and options of a race weekend through the first 5 rounds of 2023, and one other change will debut on the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix.

This weekend would be the first ‘Different Tyre Allocation’ occasion. Drivers will solely be allowed to make use of 11 units of slick tyres slightly than the standard restrict of 13 at rounds that don’t characteristic a dash race or analysis tyre compounds.

Every driver can use three units of the designated onerous compound, 4 units of the medium and 4 units of the mushy. That’s half the variety of mushy tyres obtainable on a regular weekend, and yet one more set every of the onerous and the medium.

Pirelli has nominated its three softest slick compounds to be used at Imola, which means the C3, C4 and C5 tyres will likely be obtainable, which is one stage softer than the groups had final yr.

The intermediate and moist tyre allocation stays unchanged, with 4 units of the previous and three of the latter for the weekend. Nevertheless Pirelli is bringing a brand new specification of moist climate tyre this weekend, and the climate forecast signifies groups are prone to want them.

Pirelli’s motorsport director Mario Isola mentioned the adjustments are “each geared toward bettering the environmental sustainability of our sport.”

On high of the restriction on what number of tyres can be utilized, drivers even have new limits on when they’re allowed to make use of them.

Pirelli tyres, Bahrain International Circuit, 2023Pirelli tyres, Bahrain International Circuit, 2023Drivers can have half as many mushy tyres for the weekend“At Imola we will likely be testing a brand new regulation that requires groups to make use of a special kind of compound for every of the three classes, with the hards fitted for Q1, the mediums for Q2, and the softs for Q3,” Isola defined.

“This implies a discount – from 13 to 11 – of the units of dry tyres that every driver has obtainable for all the occasion, due to this fact lowering the environmental affect generated by the manufacturing and transport of the tyres.”

The introduction of the brand new moist climate tyre this weekend can also be a part of a drive to scale back F1’s environmental affect.

“Ranging from this grand prix a brand new compound of full moist tyre will likely be launched which is not going to require the usage of tyre heaters beforehand. Monitor checks have proven even higher efficiency than the earlier Cinturato Blue full moist, even with out the electrical heating of the tyre. The results of research carried out by Pirelli, it’s the first concrete step in the direction of the usage of dry tyres with out preheating.”

Whereas the brand new moist compound is designed to bypass the necessity for heated tyre heaters, earlier than it turns into a deliberate regulatory requirement for 2024, groups will nonetheless be free to make use of them at Imola and the cool circumstances which might be forecast would make that the extra smart technique. Having the softer slick compounds obtainable in chilly circumstances will make tyre warm-up essential within the dry too.

Ought to any of the segments of qualifying be declared moist, then the rule figuring out which compound needs to be used is dropped and drivers are free to select from any of the slick or grooved choices.

In complete every driver can have seven units of tyres to select from for the race, which should embody the C3s and C4s. They might want to return one set of tyres to Pirelli after each Friday observe classes (except a session is moist) after which return two units following third observe on Saturday (three units if Friday is moist).

Ought to it stay dry, each driver who qualifies within the high ten is assured to enter the race having tried all three slick compounds on the observe. That would present a strategic benefit, however could immediate drivers to do much less working in observe to save lots of tyres for later within the weekend – significantly with fewer units of the mushy compound than ordinary.

Though the Emilia-Romagna GP is Pirelli’s residence race, it nonetheless has to ship in its race tyres to Italy on account of its manufacturing amenities being in Romania and Turkey, which is why limiting tyre utilization for Imola will result in a diminished environmental footprint. The potential features at further-flung races are even higher.

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