Pirelli, the official tire supplier for Formula 1, has introduced a new construction for the 2023 British Grand Prix in an effort to better handle the increasing performance of the cars. Although the compounds remain unchanged, drivers have been giving feedback that they are experiencing more sliding on the track during the Friday practice sessions. While it could be attributed to the high pressures used at Silverstone, Pirelli head of motorsport, Mario Isola, is willing to listen to the drivers’ comments. However, he emphasizes that it’s not always easy for the manufacturer to satisfy all the drivers.
Isola acknowledges that as the sole supplier, Pirelli is bound to face some criticism. He believes that constructive criticism is always welcome as it helps Pirelli improve their product. He understands that drivers may not always be happy with the performance or behavior of the tires. Isola points out that there have been situations in the past where drivers were pleased with the tires, but now they are criticizing them for overheating. He questions how it is possible for the same tires to behave differently in consecutive years.
Acknowledging the importance of the drivers’ feedback, Isola admits that it’s not always easy to please them. He recognizes drivers as the “heroes” of the sport and wants them to be satisfied. But finding the right balance and meeting everyone’s expectations can be a challenge for Pirelli. Isola highlights that Pirelli sometimes faces limitations in terms of design brief from Formula 1. They have to develop tires that can work without tire warmers in the future, and that becomes one aspect they need to focus on. While they are open to improving tires with less overheating, they need to agree on a unified direction. With limited testing days and a busy calendar with numerous races, there are constraints that need to be considered.
In summary, Pirelli has introduced a new tire construction for the 2023 British Grand Prix to cope with the increased car performance. The drivers have given feedback about experiencing more sliding on the track, but Pirelli‘s head of motorsport, Mario Isola, is willing to listen to their comments. Isola acknowledges that it’s not easy to please all drivers and highlights the challenges Pirelli faces in terms of design brief and limited testing days. Overall, Pirelli aims to find a balance that satisfies all stakeholders while continuing to improve their tires.