SAO PAULO, Brazil — Formula One drivers are set to meet on Friday to discuss rising concerns and frustrations across the high quality of racing.
The Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA) will discuss a number of key points, together with Pirelli’s tyres, which stay a contentious subject in the paddock, and the numerous efficiency hole between the grid’s prime three groups and the remaining. Haas driver Romain Grosjean, the director of the GPDA, expects quite a few subjects to be on the agenda.
“It’s not only tyres,” he stated throughout Thurday’s media day, forward of this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix. “I really feel, and I do not need to communicate for everybody else, however I really feel like we’d like to give our suggestions and possibly attempt to do a bit extra as a result of the races aren’t enjoyable.
“P6 in Mexico is 2 laps down? How do you hope to see a midfield automotive on the rostrum if they’re one or two laps down?
“The delta between the big teams and the small teams is too big. Plus the tyres being so complicated to understand, to drive, if you don’t have the downforce you destroy them and you open the gap again.”
Grosjean hopes the assembly helps gauge driver opinion on these points and see if there’s a consensus amongst them. If there may be, the GPDA will take into account taking the concerns to F1’s rule-makers, who’re presently in discussions across the subsequent set of regulation adjustments, set for the 2021 season.
“If we get to somewhere where everyone is happy with what we’ve discussed and we’ve got bullet points then we should put them forward to you guys in the media, to Liberty, to whoever,” Grosjean added. “It’s a begin a minimum of.
“We do not sit again and simply do not do something for the game we love. Don’t get me fallacious, it is not all fallacious. I’m nonetheless very joyful to come to a race weekend and race a automotive. It’s a bit irritating to understand it might be higher.
“If you take [Nico] Hulkenberg or myself or [Sergio] Perez, the last time we won a race was in 2010 or 11 — our junior category records are pretty good. If you’re not entering the right team then you’ll never have a chance which is a bit of shame.”
F1 has failed to discover a excellent answer to its points round tyres. Pirelli, which holds the contract to provide the game’s 10 groups, has labored on producing tyres which permit drivers to push for prolonged durations of time but in addition degrade — dropping efficiency in the method — sufficient to boost race methods.
While additionally it is linked to the aerodynamic complexity of present automobiles, one frequent criticism this yr is the behaviour of tyres after a brief period of time spent in shut proximity behind one other automotive.
Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly stated: “There are many issues we are able to enhance however there’s clearly one side that might enhance racing: if we had extra strong tyres which are much less delicate to overheating. It will give us the chance to observe different automobiles for longer.
“At the second you do three corners actually shut from one other automotive and also you begin sliding and three levels of temperature on tyres and begin to lose efficiency. It’s a snowball impact, the temperatures [of the tyres] maintain growing and also you’re executed.
“It’s something Pirelli should focus on, we told them already, they need to respect what FOM asks them so it’s a topic we discussed many times. Probably as drivers we need to be stronger in our opinion and view and desire of what we need for the future.”
In a hope to boost races Pirelli launched has launched a brand new tyre compound in every of the final two seasons, growing its vary to seven, however 2018 has nonetheless seen numerous races dominated by one-stop methods.
Although creating races with a number of methods in play is the perfect situation, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo is uncertain whether or not that will really boost the spectacle.
“I don’t think anyone ever seems to be satisfied. They wanted a tyre we could race on harder for longer, and now we are nearly getting that. I don’t know how to have a tyre we can push hard on, that is going to degrade so we can still do a two or three stop, we will just drive slower like we are doing now.”
If we push laborious on this tyre from the beginning, we might do a two cease as an alternative of a one. But the drivers see that cruising on a one cease goes to be faster, so we’re doing what’s finest for the technique.”
Ricciardo identified that Pirelli has made enhancements with its tyres in the previous few years.
“[Compared to] a couple of years in the past, I really feel we’re in a position to push extra. I can not bear in mind final yr how a lot we had been pushing. I do know we’re in a position to push sufficient however I do know a couple of years in the past the deg was large, particularly when Pirelli first began. It was like we’d like to have the opportunity to push on one thing, a more durable compound…I do not actually understand how to reply it.”