They can make or break a race, so it’s crucial to get them right.
That’s because they are the only piece of the car in direct contact with the surface of the track.
For that reason you’ll see teams and drivers paying very close attention to their tyres during a race weekend, and so shold you.
What should yo look for when it comes to tyres in F1 2021?
There are three things that teams and drivers need to focus on when it comes to tyres: temperature, grip and strategy.
Tyre temperatures are key
Tyre temperature are critical because tyres need to be at the right window in order to work properly.
Cold tyre temperatures
If they’re too cold, they won’t have enough grip and could feel very tricky to drive and make the car very slidy until they heat up properly.
Hot tyre temperatures
If they’re too hot, they could overheat and wear out very quickly, causing you to stop relatively soon for a pit stop during a race.
What’s the optimal tyre temperature window in F1 2021?
The optimal tyre temperature range is between 85° and 103° among all different slick compounds, Softs, Mediums and Hard tyres.
85°-88° would be on the cooler side and 103°-105° would be on the hotter side.
Of course, there are always exceptions to this rule and you may find a driver or team that likes to run their tyres a bit cooler or a bit hotter than this optimal range.
How can I keep my tyre temperature down F1 2021?
If you’re trying to keep your tyre temperatures down, you’ll need to avoid excessive wheelspin on the exit of the corners.
That’s going to help massively the rear tyres both in terms of temperatures as well as tyre life being able to improve your lap times and even extend your current stint.
For the front tyres is generally difficult to cool them down and so you would have to work on the aero setup, increasing the front grip since understeer causes front tyres to heat up a lot and rears to cool down.
You’ll want to keep a great balance between the two as it wll be critical to have both the front and the rear tyres working together to get really fast and win online races.
How does tyre temperature affect overall grip?
Grip is also extremely important when it comes to tyres.
If a tyre doesn’t have enough grip, the car will sliding and be very tricky to drive.
Grip is also affected by temperature, so it’s important to find the right balance between the two.
Always make sure you prepare your tyres properly before the beginning of your qualy lap as this will ensure you have the optimal grip throughout it.
How does strategy come into play with tyres?
Strategy is a huge factor when it comes to tyres in F1 2021.
The main thing to remember is that teams will want to use the tyre that suits their car the best for that particular race.
For example, some teams may want to use the softest tyre compound available in order to get the best performance possible during qualifying.
However, this may mean that they have to pit early during the race as the tyres will degrade quickly.
Other teams may want to use a harder tyre compound which will last longer but may not be as quick as the softest option.
Plan ahed and be ready to adapt
Regardless of what strategy a team chooses, they will need to be careful and plan ahead in order to make the most of their tyres but always be open to change your plans as the race gets going.
Safety cars and unexpected tyre degradation (or lack thereof) can often cause teams to revise their strategies on the fly.
What’s the best F1 2021 pit stop strategy?
Strategy wise, it’s important to think about when you want to pit for new tyres also compared to what your competitors are doing.
You don’t want to come in too early and have to make an extra pit stop later on, but you also don’t want to wait too long and risk running out of tyre life towards the end of the race.
There is no perfect answer when it comes to strategy, but it’s something that teams and drivers are always thinking about during a race.
Undercut or Overcut?
The best thing is to probably prepare an undercut by getting very close to the car in front and pitting just a few laps earlier than your intended pit stop.
This way you can come out ahead of them while potentially have a faster pit stop ans outlap on fresher tyres.
Of course, there are many other factors to consider when it comes to strategy, but tyres are definitely one of the most important ones.
Now that you know a bit more about tyres, temperature, grip and strategy, you can start to think about how these things might affect the outcome of a race.
Always keep an eye on the tyres and how they’re performing, as it could be the difference between winning and losing.
Pit stop strategy is also crucial, so make sure you’re thinking about when to pit for new tyres.
Remember, tyres are one of the most important aspects of F1 2021, so make sure you’re paying attention to them!
Good luck and we’ll see you on track! 🙂
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