Formula 1
Formula 1
R
Emilia Romagna GP
18 Apr
Race in
44 days
09 May
Next event in
62 days
23 May
Race in
79 days
R
Azerbaijan GP
06 Jun
Race in
93 days
13 Jun
Race in
100 days
27 Jun
Race in
114 days
04 Jul
Next event in
118 days
18 Jul
Race in
135 days
R
Hungarian GP
01 Aug
Race in
149 days
29 Aug
Race in
177 days
05 Sep
Race in
184 days
12 Sep
Race in
191 days
26 Sep
Race in
205 days
R
Singapore GP
03 Oct
Next event in
209 days
10 Oct
Race in
219 days
R
United States GP
24 Oct
Race in
233 days
31 Oct
Race in
240 days
R
Australian GP
21 Nov
Race in
261 days
R
Saudi Arabia GP
05 Dec
Race in
275 days
R
Abu Dhabi GP
12 Dec
Race in
282 days

Canada could provide key answer over "confusing" F1 tyres

The Canadian Grand Prix could throw up some key answers on the role that downforce is playing in "confusing" tyre performance this year, reckons Williams engineering chief Dave Robson.

Canada could provide key answer over "confusing" F1 tyres

With a number of teams, including Ferrari and Haas, struggling to get Pirelli's 2019 rubber in to the right operating window, there is a growing belief that higher downforce levels are needed to help push more energy through the tyres.

Read Also:

That is one avenue that Ferrari in particular is looking at, with it suspecting that its aero efficient car is not working its tyres as much as it needs to.

This weekend's Canadian GP should throw some more light on the situation for all teams, reckons Robson, because traditionally teams have been forced to trim off downforce to minimise drag for the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve's long straights.

If taking that downforce off causes issues with tyres, because they are not being worked hard enough, then that could provide a clear answer on what is the best route for 2019.

"I think there is definitely the case that downforce and drag don't always do what downforce and drag should do in simple terms, because of the interaction with the tyres," said Robson.

"People would normally think about taking downforce off for Canada. But if you cannot get the tyres working then maybe they won't work as much as normal, so that will be an interesting data point."

Pirelli reduced the tread of its tyres by 0.4mm this year to eradicate overheating and blistering that teams and drivers did not like last season.

But one of the consequences of that change is that it has moved the operating window for the tyres to a higher temperature band, which has changed the approach teams need.

Renault's Daniel Ricciardo said: "It hasn't been that straightforward. I think even most qualifyings this year, I don't want to say we are not confident but I don't think we are ever really 100 percent sure about what we need to do on the out-lap and this is where the tyres will be.

"There hasn't really been a trend so far to really be 100 percent with it. There is still a bit to learn there for sure, and in a way that is nice because there are places you can improve in that area."

Robson concurred that teams have had to relearn a lot about the tyres this year, because how they behave changes so much on different tracks and surfaces.

"We find it appears different compound to compound, track to track," he explained. "And I think it was interesting listening [in Monaco] to all the other team's radios, because even by the second run in Q3, a lot of the drivers were still unsure what to do. And we see exactly the same as that. It is confusing, challenging – but it is all part of the sport.

"Getting the front tyres hot, that is the main problem – it is very difficult. Then you get this problem of you want one thing on Saturday for that one lap and Sunday you want something different, and you cannot change anything other than the way the driver drivers.

"It is frustrating. But it is the same for everybody, so it is case of making the most out of it."

shares
comments
Promoted: Charles Leclerc opens Shell House Canada

Previous article

Promoted: Charles Leclerc opens Shell House Canada

Next article

Canadian GP: All the winners since 1967

Canadian GP: All the winners since 1967
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Event Canadian GP
Author Jonathan Noble
How Ferrari plans to recover from its 2020 F1 nightmare Prime

How Ferrari plans to recover from its 2020 F1 nightmare

The 2020 Formula 1 season was Ferrari's worst for 40 years as it slumped to sixth in the standings. A repeat performance will not be acceptable for the proud Italian team, which has adopted a notably pragmatic approach to forging its path back to the top

Why Aston Martin’s arrival is more than just new green livery Prime

Why Aston Martin’s arrival is more than just new green livery

In the most eagerly anticipated Formula 1 team launch of the season, the rebranded Aston Martin squad’s changes go much further than the striking paint job. But rather than a restart, the team hopes to build on top of solid foundations.

Formula 1
Mar 3, 2021
The car Aston Martin begins its new F1 journey with Prime

The car Aston Martin begins its new F1 journey with

The team formerly known as Racing Point gambled successfully on a Mercedes look-alike in 2020 as it mounted a strong challenge for third in the constructors' race and won the Sakhir GP. Now clothed in British racing green, Aston Martin's first Formula 1 challenger since 1960 provides the clearest indicator yet of what to expect from the new-for-2021 regulations

Formula 1
Mar 3, 2021
The tricky driver conundrums facing Mercedes in F1 2021 Prime

The tricky driver conundrums facing Mercedes in F1 2021

Ahead of the new Formula 1 season, reigning world champions Mercedes will take on challenges both old and new. This also can be said for its driver conundrum which could become key to sustaining its ongoing success...

Formula 1
Mar 2, 2021
How Alpine's cure to 2021 F1 rules starts at the front Prime

How Alpine's cure to 2021 F1 rules starts at the front

A new name, new faces and new colours pulls the rebranded Alpine Formula 1 team into a new era while carrying over core elements of its 2020 car. But under the surface there's more than meets the eye with the A521 which hints at how the team will tackle 2021...

Formula 1
Mar 2, 2021
Can Mercedes' W12 retain the team's crown? Prime

Can Mercedes' W12 retain the team's crown?

Replacing Formula 1's fastest car was never going to be an easy feat for Mercedes. Amid the technical rule tweaks to peg back the W12 and its 2021 rivals, the new Mercedes challenger will remain the target to beat

Formula 1
Mar 2, 2021
The pointed note that starts Ferrari's Leclerc vs Sainz era Prime

The pointed note that starts Ferrari's Leclerc vs Sainz era

Ferrari is starting its post-Sebastian Vettel age by welcoming Carlos Sainz in alongside Charles Leclerc. But while Sainz has a tough challenge to match his new teammate, Ferrari is also sending a message that previous intra-team spats must end

Formula 1
Mar 2, 2021
The mantra Ocon must follow to challenge Alonso at Alpine Prime

The mantra Ocon must follow to challenge Alonso at Alpine

OPINION: It's been an uneasy ride for Esteban Ocon since his F1 comeback - and fresh challenges lie in wait as he's joined by double world champion Fernando Alonso in the newly rebranded Alpine team. STUART CODLING sets out a roadmap to success…

Formula 1
Mar 1, 2021