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Pirelli F1 Tyres-considering more aggressive F1 tyres – Motorsport.com

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Pirelli is Pirelli F1 Tyres considering a plan to deliver more varied action in Formula 1, with its new deal to be tyre supplier from 2017 now all but done.

Italian tyre giant supplier retain new season after Michelin Challenge.

It looks as though the long battle of claims and counter claims between Pirelli F1 tyres and Michelin tyres may be over?

Bernie Ecclestone announced the decision on television just before the Russian Grand Prix. This will mean that Pirelli F1 tyres will stay the official F1 series tyre supplier from 2017.

The two giants of the tyre world have been in talks with Bernie Ecclestone for several weeks now and he has come up with the tyre company that he believes will do the best job for F1 racing. The deal has now been completed with Pirelli F1 tyres coming up with the best deal going into the future.

Michelin tyres have been busy in recent times, buying two online tyre retailers out, one in Europe and the other in the UK.  They also supply many of the other motorsport race events including Formula E and Le-Man’s 24 hour racing in France.

Pirelli F1 tyres have had mixed fortunes in trying to find the correct compounds that give right balance between too soft, with tyres that wear out too quickly and too hard giving grip problems.

Pirelli F1 Tyres

Of course, Pirelli Tyres say that they want 2017 to be more experimental. Especially with the emphasis on perhaps more pit stops. Due to using softer compounds.

Pirelli has faced a tough time in finding the right balance between tyres that degrade too much, and those that are too conservative like this year.

An Avid F1 racing fan Lee Churms said recently answering a Facebook comment…

“F1 tell the tyre supplier to make and bring the compound that will make sure options last around 10-20 laps, prime 20-30 laps. For each circuit. That’s why they have different compounds. 40 or more laps could only happen if a hard compound tyre was brought to a low tyre wear circuit. Like Monaco.

But F1 does not allow that. It’s too slow. You will also struggle with low tyre temp. Obviously a softer compound is faster and can make up for the extra pit stop you will have to do. It will also have the right tyre temp.

High tyre wear tracks are bad for soft tyres as you’ll have to pit at least every 8-10 laps. Overheating will occur and you won’t be much faster. So extra pitting will be much slower, than if you were on a harder and slower compound”.

Lee sounds to me to be very knowledgeable about F1 tyre matters.

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Eric Roberts

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/fifteen-f1-racing-cars-on-pirelli-soft-and-medium-tyres-2/

Michelin versus Pirelli-promises tyres will make drivers ‘happy’ if it replaces Pirelli – BBC Sport

Michelin versus Pirelli

Tyre company Michelin promises tyres that will let grand prix drivers race faster if it wins the tender to supply F1 from 2017.

Michelin versus Pirelli-drivers have mixed opinions?

F1 drivers are coming out with mixed feelings for the Pirelli race tyres and a Michelin versus Pirelli is beginning to happen.

In my opinion it appears that the drivers are having to think more into their tyres, than they think necessary.

Some race pundits think this is a good thing because it brings other aspects into the races and makes winning more skillful.

The Michelin versus Pirelli confrontation came along when Michelin began to show interest in F1 racing a couple of years ago. The interest has grown as the deadline for the new F1 tyre tender becomes closer.

Michelin claim that their tyres would take the F1 racing scene back to its origins and could be up to three seconds a lap faster.

One of the recent tyre problems has been ,how many races or laps could be achieved on the same tyres.

The Michelin versus Pirelli arguments and claims will go on right up

Michelin versus Pirelli
Michelin tyres have a vast experience in the motorsport field. Supplying tyres to other prestigious race meetings such as Le-Mans in France.

to the tender time. Pirelli say that they have only produced the tyre that they were asked to produce. Michelin on the other hand are saying that their tyres could offer more calculated lap times per tyre.

In my opinion the race to supply the new F1 race season will hot up, with new claims and counter claims.

It will be interesting which of these tyre giants will win the Michelin versus Pirelli battle ahead to supply F1 with their tyres in the coming years.

Eric Roberts

www.pellonautocentre.com/our-blog/

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Pirelli tyre failure- Blamed on an external cut – SBS

Pirelli tyre failure

“We have conducted a thorough investigation to find out exactly what happened with Nico’s tyre,” said Pirelli motorsport head Paul Hembery. “This investigation now excludes any structural integrity issues.

 

Pirelli tyre failure caused by a cut?

The picture of the tyre in the image shows the Pirelli tyre failure in question. The tyre had a blowout on the F1 car of Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg and as any tyre blowout the experience was not a very nice one to say the least.

Tyre blowouts on regular cars can lead to horrific circumstances, especially at high speed. This one of the reasons that “run flat tyres” was developed. This type of tyre is able to withstand a blowout, because it has been developed with stronger side walls and is able to stand a sudden loss in tyre pressure.

Pirelli have examined the Pirelli tyre failure in question and have come to the conclusion that the damage and subsequent blowout were caused by an external cut.

Head of Pirelli motorsport, Paul Hembery said… “We have conducted a thorough investigation to find out exactly what happened with Nico’s tyre,” and that…”This investigation now excludes any structural integrity issues. Based on the information and data available an external source of damage is the conclusion made.”

As the owner of a tyre shop for many years, we often come up with such problems on the regular car tyres of our customers and there

Pirelli tyre failure
This caravan tyre was due to a screw causing the tyres casing to separate. But the damage makes it difficult to diagnose.

can be several reasons for this sort of problem. The difficulty comes when the tyre is completely shredded. This is due to a blowout at high speed, the same as Nico Rosberg has suffered. He described the incident as “heart stopping “as he approached part of the race track known as “Blanchimont” at Spa at high speed, full throttle.

When this happens you really need to hold your nerve and control the car the best that you can. This is something that you can’t really practise and hope that it never happens to you.

In my opinion the tyre on the image looks like some sort of construction breakdown, there is a clear wear area, similar to brake lock situation where the tyre tread is scrubbed away in the spot when the brakes locked. This is common on boy racer cars. The tyre then eventually breaks down completely often blowing out in the damaged spot.

Having not seen the tyre on the F1 car, then we have to leave it to the experts, in this case Pirelli tyres.

Eric Roberts

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Content/Page/Pirelli%20tyres%20to%20supply%20F4%20cars%20in%202015

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Pirelli’s Tyres Massive Event- Spa 24 Hours-biggest event of the year’ – Tyrepress.com

Pirelli's Tyres Massive Event

Pirelli’s Tyres Massive Event With 9000 tyres transported by 21 trucks, and involving 90 Pirelli personnel on the ground as well as many more away from the circuit, Pirelli will face its biggest logistical engagement in motorsp…

This is a great article from Tyrepress.com?

it shows the massive effort that the top tyre companies have to put in when the attend these prestigious racing events. Pirelli are the tyre suppliers for the Spa 24 hrs race series and will take 9000 tyres (which is nearly the amount of tyres that i sell in my tyre shop in Halifax in a WHOLE YEAR). The tyres will be taken by a massive  21 trucks, and will involve 90 Pirelli personnel on the ground as well as many more on the race track.

The tyres that this Pirelli’s Tyres Massive Event, will be using for the event will be the  P Zero DHC tyre for there is dry conditions and the Cinturato WH for wet driving conditions.  Spa is renowned for its difficult driving conditions and changing weather and so these tyres will have to perform at their best.

The race is also complimented with different car designs offering the tyre suppliers more potential problems. This race series also includes front and rear wheel cars, that will offer the Pirelli’s Tyres Massive Event, more potential head aches as the racing progresses.

Most of the road cars that are used to race at the Blancpain GT Series also use Pirelli tyres as original equipment, cars such as the BMW Blancpain GT Series use the Pirelli P Zero tyres as original equipment. This tyre is a very close relation to the ones used for the racing cars.

The lessons that are learned from the race series will in the longer run benefit the experience of driving these luxury cars on the normal roads.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Brand/1293/PIRELLI

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Michelin want Bigger tyres-Low-profile future for single-seaters

Michelin want Bigger tyres

Michelin’s Serge Grisin explains why race tyre makers want bigger wheels

Michelin want bigger tyres on race cars

In their bid for a better relationship between race cars and the regular passenger car users.

This will improve tyre development and many of the racing world’s premiere single-seater championship events are heading for an  increase in wheel diameters in a bid by Michelin to make the tyres used for racing more relevant to the everyday road cars.

At the moment, the top racing championships such as F1, GP2 and Formula Renault all operate their cars on 13-inch wheels, but tyre suppliers especially Michelin believe that using 17 or 18-inch wheels will help their technology transition more effectively into every day road tyres.

The relatively new world of the  electric racing car championship, Formula E, has become the pace setters, by using different tyres to the rest of the racing world.

Michelin’s Formula E project manager. Serge Grisin says..”From the very start the idea was to have maximum links between our cars and the street tyres of the future,‘So what we learn in racing is much easier to transfer to a street tyre because of the championship’s similarities”.

I believe that the tyre companies will get their own way and why not? they are the ones who are having to speed up the transition to more greener and environmental tyre products. The motorsport scene accelerates the research and development that is required to improve tyre technology.

The bottom line is that Michelin want Bigger tyres and to give the F1 teams more choices as to which tyre compounds to use and have more changes of tyres during a race and practice session. I am not sure whether Pirelli, who are the present suppliers of tyres, agree with this, but i do not think that they will give up the franchise so easily.

Eric Roberts

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Brand/1272/MICHELIN

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Kumho Tyres V8 Supercar driver Alex Rullo, 15, is the youngest winner in V8 history but is still too young to … – The Daily Telegraph

Kumho Tyres V8 Supercar

kumho tyres v8 supercar

MEET Alex Rullo – the 15-year-old V8 star that has been banned from racing in NSW because he is too young.

This Kumho tyres V8 supercar driver guy is only 15 years old?wow

These drivers are from the Go-kart stables.Hence, and more than often make it as fully blown race drivers. Naturally, in various forms of the sport.

Alex Rullo is his name. Thus, he can’t even drive legally on the roads of Australia,(probably anywhere else for that matter)kumho tyres v8 supercar

He is the youngest person ever to win a Kumho tyres V8 Supercar championship race. For this reason, I think that we may be seen a star of the future.Obviously, not that he isn’t anyway?

Kumho tyres. Along with some of the other leading mid-range tyre companies. Therefore, are becoming more and more involved with the motorsport racing scene. Consequently, they are involved from regular rallying. To the more upmarket V8 supercar championships in Australia.

Kumho tyres are also coming up trumps. Even, with the lesser known racing fraternity.These, such as the Mazda MX 5 race series. In a recent  MX-5 forum user. Nick D used the Kumho Ecsta HS51 on his Mazda.

He said that he had tested the tyres on during three laps of Rockingham’s International Super Sports Car Circuit, on the Kumho web site he is quoted to have said  “is famed for its abrasion in the dry and its less than stunning grip in the wet.” And it was a damp day… An extra challenging task for our HS51’s!

Kumho Tyres V8 Supercar

“…where the Kumho felt direct and positive, ideal for a sports car, even just driving slowly round access roads, the Toyo felt far less so.”

The Kumho Hs51 is in direct opposition to the Toyo,s used in this class of racing.  he also said“…the HS51 is really quite a good tyre, it outshone the Toyo in just about every area that matters and just that stability of braking and progression in breakaway at the limit is quite possible going to save quite a few MX-5’s from making car shaped holes in hedges.”

 

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Hankook Formula 4 -‘Talking Tyres’,Australia

 

Hankook  Formula 4 Australia Motorsport Manager Dean Evans talks us through the Ventus F200 racing slicks used in the Jayco Formula 4 Australian championship.

Another one of the up and coming mid-range tyre companies are Hankook. The South Korean tyre company have spread their operations all across the world, including the tyre suppliers for Hankook Formula 4 tyres in Australia. One of their main strategies was to emulate the bigger successful tyre companies Michelin and

hankook formula 4
Hankook tyres kitted out this Australian F4 car

Goodyear and commit themselves to the motorsport events across the world.

Hankook  Formula 4 and  one of their competitors,Yokohama tyres of Japan are battling it out to see can be the most prolific tyre supplier, Kumho tyres are also close behind.

The Australian F4 race series is run over seven rounds. Hankook Formula 4 has been  chosen by “CAMS” as the races official tyre supplier for the next three seasons. This is due largely to the merit and performance of Hankook Formula F4 racing tyres.

Also taken into consideration, will be  the brand’s ability to catapult a driver towards Formula 1. Hankook Formula F4 are also the very similar, official tyre of the European F3 series, a sport that i love to watch albeit on TV.

To give you some idea of the importance of F3 and F4 racing, this season has seen the promotion of driver Max Verstappen  to Formula 1 scene.

Hankook Formula 4  Ventus racing slick tyres have had excellent revues and have  been  universally acclaimed by the  DTM, Euro F3, British MSA Formula 4 categories and are now to be added to the Australian F4 championship, a great achievement from the South Korean tyre company.

All this helps tyre companies such as Hankook to establish themselves in the race to become a top flight tyre manufacturing company. Yokohama tyres are also hot on the heals of Hankook as both companies, and should i also mention kumho tyres, are making headway’s onto the lucrative motorsport scene and increase their market share as mid-range tyres.

Eric Roberts

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Michelin Race Expertise- joint venture with Nissan DeltaWing The Tyres

 

This film shows how French tyre manufacturer, Michelin Race Expertise, created bespoke tyres almost as radical as the Nissan DeltaWing itself for the innovative project. To see …

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Michelin Race Expertise
Michelin race tyres are not just good but they are also good looking with the Michelin logo built into the side wall.

This is a good and informative video about the cooperation between Michelin and Nissan to develop a new tyre for the Nissan Delta Wing race car in preparation for the Le Mans race series in France.

One of the things that I was surprised at was the super lightweight tyres that Michelin Race Expertise  developed, and the front tyres only having a width of 4 inch?wow.

if any tyre company can develop a new tyre then it would certainly be Michelin tyres. If they don’t have the expertise, then nobody does. Michelin have been involved in the motorsport scene aver since tyres began and in my opinion they are gearing themselves up to become dominant players in the top flight of motorsport racing throughout the world.

Michelin Race Expertise will be used to help them win the F1 race series tyre supplier, but not without a fight from Pirelli tyres, I assume?

Another recent article of mine shows how Michelin tyres are also going to bid for the prestigious Australian V8 Super championships. Once again it will be the  Michelin Race Expertise that will probably help then succeed in being the tyre supplier their in place of Dunlop tyre, who are suppliers until 2017.

Michelin tyres of course support the famous Le Mans motorsport events through all car classes including their links with Porsche motorsport. Michelin race expertise was the reason that car producers wanted Michelin to develop a new tyre for luxury car makers such as Porsche.

Eric Roberts

Well worth a look at?

Eric Roberts… www.pellonautocentre.com/blog

Dunlop Tyres racing team-Behind the scenes in the BTCC with Dunlop – TouringCarTimes

There are many jobs within a BTCC garage, be it general mechanic, technical director or driver, but one is often overlooked – the…

Dunlop Tyres racing team

This is a great article to read if you are a fan of motorsport, in particular the work that goes into the preparation of racing tyres, by the  Dunlop Tyres racing team ,before and during the race.

As the article states, the tyre guys are generally overlooked, but do a great and important task preparing cars as part of the  Dunlop tyres racing team.

Dunlop Tyres racing team
The giant Dunlop motorsport truck parked in Northern France on its way to LeMans racing circuit

The Dunlop tyres racing team turn up in their huge truck. The truck is equipped with a full stock of tyres that will be required for the specific race meeting. it also contains everything to set up a tyre fitting bay which when erected gives the  Dunlop tyres racing team, full access to tyre fitting machines and wheel balancing facilities.

The tyre are constantly changed and tested during a race. The tyre temperatures are recorded, because this is critical to grip and tyre performance.

Dunlop tyres racing team also have small tents that fit tyres in with a heater to pre-heat them up to the correct temperature. The heat aspect of the tyres is very critical for the overall tyre performance, and pressure of course.

regular travelers to Europe, especially France will have no doubt seen these giant Yellow trucks from the Dunlop tyres racing team, heading for different racing venues across Europe. The one in my image was taken by myself outside the Ibis hotel in Boulogne and heading for the weekends racing at the famous Le Mans racing circuit.

Eric Roberts

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Brand/1243/DUNLOP

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Dunlop Race Tyres on this Nissan Altima-Not Sure?Rick Kelly on Twitter

Dunlop Race Tyres

Dunlop Race Tyres

Dunlop Race Tyres

12 seconds = Fresh tyres a fuel tank of fuel and a fresh drink added (Fanta). #GoPro #HERO4SESSION #v8sc pic.twitter.com/NVdTb8e0UR

Dunlop Race Tyres on Nissan Altima

This is one of the best images I have ever seen?

The Jack Daniel’s Racing Nissan Altima driver. Rick Kelly’s Sunday race performance placed him 16th position. Exactly the same as the Saturday race. The race took place  from the Castrol Edge Townsville 400.

This was an improvement from his qualifying position of 18th place. In this one of Australia premier racing events. I was lucky enough to watch the race live here on UK TV.

I am not sure which tyre Kelly’s car was using. Thinking that it would have been Dunlop race tyres. All of the other Jack Daniels sponsored Nissan’s run on  Dunlop race tyres. So although i watched on TV. Then i  did forget which tyres were used.As a result, i am almost certain that they would have been the “racing circuit slicks” .Because of the dry hot conditions on the racing days.

dunlop race tyres
Dunlop race tyres are used in many motorsport events across the world.

When approaching the chequered flag . Rick Kelly was just overtaken by fellow competitor Nick Percat. Having to settle for 16th position.

The V8 Supercars Championship. Hence, continues at Queensland Raceway from July 31st to August 2nd. Kelly is in tenth position in the championships after competing in 17 races.

Dunlop  tyres Australia are the official tyre suppliers to the V8 Supercars  race series,and as we all know in the tyre industry are  one of the world’s leading makers of high performance and ultra high performance tyres. It has been involved in motorsport and has been at the forefront of motoring research development for 125 years.

Dunlop Race Tyres

Like their great rivals Michelin, Dunlop tyres have  an impressive track record of motorsport success. Dunlop are an icon of the road and over the years have been the choice of racing legends due to their tyre products high performance qualities.

Dunlop continues to design. Develop and produce tyres right up to the present moment. Supplying tyres that constantly question and push the limits of technology. Helping to create a faster and safer racing experience .Hence, for the teams that they support in the motorsport industry.

This is the reason  that in 2015 . This will be Dunlop racing tyres 14th consecutive year. Supplying the V8 Supercars in Australia and Dunlop racing series control tyres.

After winning its fourth control tyre contract in succession, its current contract will run from 2013-2017, and as in F1 racing the battle will commence for the right to supply tyres to this prestigious race series.

I cant wait to watch the next races in August.

Eric Roberts.

www.wintertyres-yorkshire.co.uk

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