Mar.20 (GMM) Ferrari is on the cusp of returning to the top in formula one.
That is the view of Mario Isola, who is taking over from Paul Hembery as the most prominent F1 figure representing the sport’s official tyre supplier Pirelli.
He thinks the Italian marque has succeeded in making new, wider tyres that will contribute to this year’s cars being much faster and more challenging to drive.
“Last year, the cars were reaching forces of 4G, but now we’re measuring figures at about 6G, so we can say that the new racing cars are nearly fighter planes,” Isola smiled to Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I am sure the drivers will be tired at the end of the race which could lead to errors and opportunities for opponents to mount an attack.”
But apart from that, Isola admits that the greater downforce could actually make overtaking more difficult.
“Yes. We have more durable tyres and more downforce, so we will see less tyre changes and the drivers will find it harder to follow a rival closely.
“But I want to emphasise the positive aspect,” he insisted. “We will experience less overtaking moves, but the fans will feel that these overtaking moves will be more real.”
Finally, Isola was asked about Ferrari, and the fact that the new regulations appear to have worked out well for the Maranello team.
“I don’t know that, but it is clear to me that Ferrari is in good shape,” he said.
“Even if it is normal that we don’t see everything in the tests, I do believe that we have recognised in Barcelona the people that are strong.
“Personally, I would like to see a more complex fight for the world championship, and not just with Ferrari but also Red Bull and even an outsider like Williams,” added Isola.
22/07/2015 F1 scraps in-season testing for 2016 Jul.22 (GMM) F1 has scrapped in-season testing for 2016, Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport reports. And in June, the German magazine Auto Motor und Sport revealed that Jerez had been […]
15/02/2017 Fans to see ‘real’ F1 passing in 2017 Feb.15 (GMM) F1 fans will see more "real" overtaking in 2017, according to Pirelli.
Some are worried that, as downforce increases dramatically this year, the shorter braking distances […]
08/03/2017 Hembery taking step back from F1 Mar.8 (GMM) Paul Hembery will be seen in the F1 paddock less often in 2017.
Since Pirelli has been F1's official tyre supplier, the Briton has been the Italian marque's prominent […]
16/02/2017 Pirelli prepares ‘backup tyres’ for 2017 Feb.16 (GMM) Pirelli has developed a range of 'backup' tyre compounds for 2017.
The F1 tyre supplier has said designing its significantly bigger, faster and less degrading slicks has […]
19/04/2016 2017 F1 tyre supply crisis averted Apr.19 (GMM) A tyre supply crisis in formula one has been averted at the eleventh hour. As he departed Shanghai, Pirelli's F1 chief Paul Hembery warned that unless an agreement for much […]
27/01/2016 Pirelli plays down Raikkonen criticism Jan.27 (GMM) Pirelli has played down reports that Kimi Raikkonen is unhappy with F1's new generation of wet weather tyres. The Finnish driver was at the wheel of last year's Ferrari when […]
14/03/2016 Ferrari gap down to mere tenths – Mercedes Mar.14 (GMM) Mercedes is getting specific amid its claims Ferrari has definitely closed the gap over the winter. Silver-clad figures have been playing up Ferrari's chances of mounting a […]
15/02/2017 Pirelli wants wet track for Barcelona test Feb.15 (GMM) F1's official tyre supplier wants a full day of official winter testing to take place on a wet track.
There will be only eight days of official running in Barcelona before […]
16/02/2017 No tyre problem in Vettel crash – Hembery Feb.16 (GMM) Paul Hembery has denied an early flaw with Pirelli's 2017 tyres may already have been uncovered.
In 2013, F1's official supplier came under a bright spotlight when several […]