Pirelli worried about COTA track surface – “Characteristics are a question mark”

Pirelli is worried about the COTA track surface, saying that a lot has changed since the last time F1 visited.

Pirelli is F1’s exclusive tyre supplier had given the three compounds for the US GP – the C2 hard, C3 medium and C4 soft rubber. These tyres are standard for the race, but the worrying conditions of the track have the manufacturer concerned.

Since the last time F1 visited the track, COTA has been resurfaced. The COVID-19 pandemic meant that Pirelli’s engineers couldn’t go back and measure the roughness of the new asphalt laid down.

Any data available to the engineers is based on 2019 information. As a result, teams will have little idea regarding the conditions.

Pirelli is worried about the COTA track surface, saying that they are as helpless as everyone else.

As quoted by f1i.com, Pirelli Head of F1 and Car Racing Mario Isola said, “Although the teams have quite a lot of experience of Austin, this year they face a track that has changed a bit compared to 2019, when we last raced here.

The track will be a major concern for the US GP weekend. Source: f1i.com

“Around 40% of the track has been resurfaced, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, we were not able to send our personnel to analyse the new asphalt, so its characteristics are a question mark for everyone, and we will only discover the final effects on tyres and car performance in general when we are there.

“As usual, the tyre nomination was done based on data obtained before the race, with the compounds in the middle of the range well-suited to the circumstances.

“With the championship battle so finely poised as we enter the final few races of the season, it’s clear that every element of strategy will count – as we saw at the last race in Turkey.”

Concerns

Having no preliminary tyre data will no doubt be a major issues for teams and for their drivers. There were complaints from MotoGP drivers, which was only add to the issue.

However, FIA Race Director Michael Masi has assured that the race organisers have taken all the necessary precautions. They have smoothened out all the depressions in the track’s surface.

We will see how the track really is on Friday.

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