henry wrote: ↑
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:49 pm
They are potentially taller and so making visibility worse
Not necessary, it's just a choice. 18" racing wheels with 640mm, 650mm and 680mm diameter exist... the current 670mm diameter could be easily matched. 710mm diameter is just a choice to align with LMP1.
If the teams had free choice, it is only logical the wheel size would increased from the 15" of the 1960's, up to larger sizes...
Please check carefully the low profile tyres
(only 590mm diameter with 104.5 mm sidewall) of Jackie Stewart's 15" front tyres!!
That sidewall is actually LESS than the 131mm sidewall of a 710mm tyre on a 18" wheel. That's right, the 1970's F1 car had even LOWER profile
than what is planned for 2021!!
smellybeard wrote: ↑
Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:49 pm
Pirelli fanboys want bigger rims like on their tin-box turbo skates - which is as close to "for the sake of it" as I can imagine.
Surely Tyrell and Mr. Stewart didn't used low-profile front tyres just for the sake of it (or to somehow match low-profile road cars tyres that weren't even available in the 1970s)?
Rather, it would seem there are benefits in front-end steering and handing precision from the lower-profile...