F1 set to abandon high-degradation tyres for 2021
The FIA and F1 owners Liberty Media are set to abandon the polarising high-degradation tyres from Pirelli that were brought in to help improve the unpredictability of the sport.
After the 2010 Canadian GP where a new surface and high deg ensured a battle of conservation and strategy, Pirelli brought in the new spec tyre for the 2011 season. However, 8 years later and the project looks set to be scrapped for 2021 after a season where drivers and teams would rather conserve than push their machines to the limit.
The move looks set to help bring F1 back into a sport where drivers can push harder for longer, reaching the limits of what their cars can achieve rather than the battle of attrition the current formula has produced in recent years. Critics and fan alike seem to agree that the high deg tyres brought in to improve racing have evolved to a point where the Pirelli 2019 spec do not have a cliff anymore and instead promote consistent conservation.
Lewis Hamilton's stint on the Hard tyre during his record 6th victory is evidence of this. 31 laps into his second stint Hamilton decided to push hard to achieve fastest lap, setting a blistering time that team boss Toto Wolff said "made the data look a little bit silly".
Mario Isola, Pirelli’s head of car racing, told Motorsport.com: “As always our approach is to deliver what F1 wants, so if we have to modify the targets for 2021 we need to know quite soon because we are going to start the development of those tyres.
2021 will be a cause for change and the new wave of regulations will bring new excitement. Whether this move will be positive one remains to be seen, but the sea change is near and the F1 bosses are determined to ensure f1 is the pinnacle of motorsport once more.