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“We have achieved most of the objectives” – Pirelli’s Mario Isola talks about 2022 successes, changes for 2023 and sustainability

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Pirelli motorsport director Mario Isola says there is positive consensus from drivers and teams regarding the new tires for 2022, and only minor changes are to be made to the compounds for 2023 .

It’s not just the cars that have changed for 2022 – a new era of material seeing the return of ground effect to improve wheel-to-wheel spectacle – as Pirelli has introduced a whole new range of compounds with a size from 13 to 18 inches.

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In Hungary ahead of the summer break, Isola said the feedback from all sides was positive.

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“I’m happy; the performance is good, but above all we have achieved most of the objectives that we have talked about in the past. The main objective was to have more action on the track, to have drivers who fight , tight races, and we had [13] races with a lot of action. Not just at the front of the race, but also in midfield, for example, so it’s a very interesting championship with good drivers.

“So obviously the aim is to have a mix of strategies… also to create technical interest in the championship. But I believe the main aim is to see a good show and a good technical challenge also for the teams. and for us, because the new 18-inch tires are completely new.

“But the focus has to stay on the riders, because they are the heroes of the show, and we have to deliver a tire that can give them the ability to attack, attack, fight etc. I don’t want to change completely the product, because as I said, the product works well.

Best wheel-to-wheel action in 2022 so far

Evolution, not revolution, for 2023

Pirelli is working hard to test next year’s tire compounds, and while Isola said they don’t want to make any drastic changes to the existing product, there are some aspects, including understeer and graining on the front tires, which they want to iron out.

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“We have a very good and strong rear tire that pushes the front end and generates understeer in low speed corners. It’s across the teams, it’s a general trend, because the new aero package is designed in such a way that… the car is very well balanced at high speeds, but at low speeds it generates this understeer.

“We’re working on designing a new construction – front and rear – with a higher level of integrity as the cars go faster and faster. We’re designing a new, slightly stronger front construction to balance that and to reduce this understeer.


Pirelli working on front compounds for 2023

Additionally, Isola says that Pirelli is working to bring the harder C1 compound closer to the C2 tire in terms of grip, while also aiming to differentiate between the C3 and C4 tires by moving the C3 tire “a bit more in the middle”. of their range. .

And when it comes to intermediates, drivers have expressed that they want a superior run-up from the green sidewall tires that are deployed in wet conditions.

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With a heat wave currently engulfing Europe, there may not be a wet weather test carried out over the summer, but Pirelli has remained at the Hungaroring to continue its 2023 testing schedule – Aston Martin and Mercedes helping them do what Isola called the “final push before the holidays” – on the Tuesday and Wednesday after the Grand Prix.

“It’s not a revolution, it’s not a new product for next year. It is an improvement of the current one which is, in any case, good”, reiterates the director of Pirelli Motorsport.


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The drivers also gave their opinion on the 2022 intermediate tires

Pirelli’s “aggressive” sustainability strategy

Formula 1 is not working alone when it comes to achieving net zero carbon output by 2030, as Pirelli is also on board, having become the first tire manufacturer in the world to achieve three stars from the program of environmental accreditation promoted by the FIA.

“We plan to do that by 2030 – the plan needs to be aligned with Formula 1,” says Isola. “We have quite an extensive sustainability program to try to do everything we can to reduce our impact for the future.”

Pirelli is aiming for carbon neutrality by 2030 with what they call “aggressive plans to replace fossil fuels with 100% renewables” – their group of companies is aiming for full use of renewables by 2025.

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Pirelli aligned with F1 when it comes to meeting Net Zero Carbon targets, says Isola

F1 tire suppliers not only deploy the most efficient trucks possible (to strict European standards), but carefully select materials to make the most durable product possible, auditing their suppliers via a third party. For example, they use natural rubber without promoting deforestation and favor computer simulation to reduce their own use of natural resources.

When it comes to tire end of life, all of Pirelli’s motorsport tires go through “pyrolysis”, which means they can break down tires into products that can be reused in chemicals, tires or d other industries.

Pirelli tires also undergo “granulation”, in which end-of-life tires are ground up and used for asphalt, curbs and other construction – including athletics tracks, football pitches, pitches and basketball courts.

For more information on Pirelli’s Formula 1 tires visit pirelli.com – and go to pirelli.com/150anni to find out more about Pirelli’s 150th anniversary.

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