Diesel wrote:There's no room for sand bagging on these tyres, they risk losing important information about how the tyre behaves for qualifying.
If Pirelli wanted to influence the outcome of a race, they would produce a run of identical tires for the race they wanted to influence. However, the construction for the tires in that production run would be based upon, and optimized for, the specific team/driver Pirelli chose to favor for that race. Such is made possible because of the reams of data Pirelli has for every team/driver. Those identical tires would then be allocated to the teams by the FIA*. On the surface, none of this would appear to be abnormal.
The favoritism comes into play when teams A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, and L are each allocated identical tires from the FIA that are nonetheless optimized for team C. In this manner, the favored team could be different for every race, and because teams are having considerable difficulty figuring out the tires, it's likely that no one would notice those changes. If someone did indeed start asking questions, Pirelli could easily claim natural variance from one production run to another.
Like I've said repeatedly, it's extremely unlikely this is actually happening. That doesn't change the possibility that it could happen, though. (It probably won't. I cannot stress that enough.)
I only mention these things because this is probably the most F1-related fun I'll have while F1 is in Valencia.
* FYI: Tires are produced throughout the season and then allocated by the FIA on a race-by-race basis, i.e. Pirelli doesn't just make a massive batch of tires at the beginning of the season and then hand them over to the FIA.
EDIT: I gave it some attention-grabbers. I want to leave little chance that important points can be easily glossed over.
zyphro wrote:How are Merc looking? Not quite sure what to make of it, as such.
Pirelli has brought different compounds to Valencia than Montreal. How do you see the tyre issue for this race?
Perez: Of course every race is different. Here it is extremely hot and I expect more degradation compared to other races.
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