Teams practically do not test the tires for a wet track

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Pirelli’s extreme wet track tires were criticized after the Japanese Grand Prix. Max Verstappen pointed out that they are too slow and that is why all the drivers are trying to move to intermediates as quickly as possible.

“We are forced to put intermediates as quickly as possible because the wet tires are rubbish. Sorry, not so good,” Sebastian Vettel was also quoted as saying.

Verstappen said much the same and stated that he is ready to help create better tires for all wet surfaces. Lando Norris added that the big problem in such conditions is not water, but visibility. Pirelli’s sporting director Mario Isola pointed out that the lack of more testing made tire development impossible.

“We only have one type of tire for wet track and some intermediates. They have to work everywhere – on 22 different tracks. Therefore, a maximum comfortable compromise is sought. And we don’t really have any opportunities to test tires for wet and intermediates. We are working with the FIA ​​and the teams, but there is simply no way to do more testing, so it is not possible to develop the tires either.”

“If you remember the pre-season test in Barcelona – then we wet the track for half a day. Extreme wet tires were used very little. Everyone is focusing on the interludes,” added Isola

Formula 1 tires are usually talked about when there is a problem. And generally the teams and drivers fail to mention that they are made as they requested them. From Pirelli, they have the opportunity to make both compounds that can make a few laps, and those that can withstand the entire race distance. The same goes for wet tires. When discussing what the types should be, take into account how long the calendars have become, the increased cost of shipping, production, etc. In the end, however, Pirelli fulfills what the teams and the FIA ​​have specified as tire requirements.

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