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18 inch wheels from 2021!

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Published on: 04-06-2018
Published on:
04-06-2018

By: grandprixnews.com
18 inch wheels from 2021!

It looks like Formula 1 tyre selection for 2021 is going to consist out of 18-inch weels in stead of the current 13-inch wheels according to Motorsport.com. A team of engineer under Ross Brawn is reformulating the rules package in conjunction with the FIA.

Pirelli has been pushing for the change for several years and has even demonstrated concept tyres. They believe that low-profile tyres, as used in Formula E and WEC would have more in common with current road car technology than the current 13-inch wheels. The argument for not making to switch to 18-inch wheels is that it would have a major impact on the suspension design which would add to development costs.

"We would have to make a proper plan. In the past we made different tyres, we made wider tyres, we are always trying to follow what are F1's requirements. But we'll need a proper car to test. It's a similar situation to 2016 with the wider tyre."

"At the moment we haven't discussed this in detail yet" Pirelli boss Mario Isola told Motorsport.com. "Because it's not jus the tyre regulations that are missing, but all the regulations". Isola believes a big change like this is not realistic.

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