The end of the British GP was exciting but also controversial due to the three punctures suffered by Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, as well as McLaren driver Carlos Sainz. Pirelli, F1’s exclusive tire supplier, released the results of the initial analysis.
According to the Italian brand “The key reason is due to a set of individual race circumstances that led to extremely long use of the second set of tires. The second Safety Car led almost all teams to anticipate their planned pit stop and, Therefore, it takes a particularly long final stint to run: around 40 laps, which is more than three-quarters of the total length of the race on one of the most demanding tracks on the calendar. “
Pirelli also highlights the higher pace of this year’s cars compared to 2019, plus the toughness of the Silverstone track, they influenced: “Combined with the noticeably higher pace of the 2020 Formula 1 cars (pole position was 1.2 seconds more fast compared to 2019), this made the final laps of the British Grand Prix especially difficult, as a consequence of the highest forces ever seen in the tires generated by the fastest cars in Formula 1 history.
The overall result was the most challenging operating conditions for the tires. This led to the left front tire (which is known to work harder at Silverstone) undergoing maximum stress after a very high number of laps, with the resulting high wear, giving it less protection from the extreme forces at play. “.
Despite what happened at Silverstone, Pirelli confirms
that the compounds C2, C3 and C4 will be had, as it was initially stipulated and that it is a softer range compared to those chosen last weekend.
Finally, Pirelli confirmed that the use prescription will be revised, increasing the minimum pressures in order to reduce stress on the tires.
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