n smikle wrote:
Thanks for the replies..
Imagine I've been watching F1 for about 7 years and I thought the tyres were just "slap on and go" LOL
I guess I didn't really pay attention to the markings on the tyres until this year when they changed to slicks. I really took it for granted.
Thank god for tire engineers from the major tire companies that keep us idiots that will try anything to gain a few tenths by turning the tires around the wrong way because it worked once! Actually sometimes going against the tire companies recommendations works, though sometimes you just blow up a tire and wreck a car, because we can't just stop being racers....
You can never get enough information about tires, and they are the literal holy grail of everything that any engineer is trying to make work better than the next guy...
"Driving a car as fast as possible (in a race) is all about maintaining the highest possible acceleration level in the appropriate direction." Peter Wright,Techical Director, Team Lotus