It was just a formal step, but it had to be done and it did. There FIA, through the World Motorsport Council held today, he gave the official green light to use the new Pirelli tires, which will make their debut at Silverstone, in the British GP. These same tires will accompany F1 until the end of the 2021 season. Next year, it will change completely, with the advent of 18-inch tires. “The World Council approved the introduction of a new rear tire construction for the remainder of the 2021 season “, reads the official press release issued by the Federation.
The front tires and compounds used remain unchanged, while the modified rear construction features greater cornering stiffness at high loads and greater vertical stiffness. The decision to introduce the new tires for the remaining 2/3 of the championship is the final result of the discussions arising from the incidents of the last Azerbaijan Grand Prix. On that occasion, Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin and Max Verstappen’s Red Bull were victims ofexplosion of the left rear tire, which resulted in two particularly dangerous accidents. The new tires, which the drivers and teams have already been able to test in Austria, are more robust and therefore safer.
The same meeting of the FIA also gave the definitive go-ahead to the long-awaited and discussed format of the Sprint qualification, which will also make its debut at Silverstone.