Formula 1 is to take further steps to reduce downforce on next year’s cars following the tyre failures which occured during the British Grand Prix.
Following this the planned move to 18-inch tyres, originally planned for 2021, was postponed by a year. The 13-inch 2019 tyres will therefore be needed again next year.
Changes to the cars’ floors had already been agreed for the 2021 F1 season in order to reduce downforce levels and ease the strain on the tyres. The sport’s official tyre supplier Pirelli said it encountered “the biggest forces ever seen” on its F1 tyres at Silverstone.
The FIA advised teams in a letter earlier this week that further reductions in downforce will be required due to recent developments. It did not specifically refer to the Silverstone failures, which occured on both Mercedes cars and Carlos Sainz Jnr’s McLaren.
In the letter, details of which were shared with RaceFans, the FIA advised teams the changes will be made under article 2.2 of the technical regulations. This allows the governing body to make any alterations on safety grounds “without notice or delay”, with the approval of the World Motor Sport Council.
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