GENEVA (Feb. 24, 2016) — Tires for Formula 1 racing starting next year will be nearly 25 percent wider than the currect specification, according to recommendations disclosed this week by the Federation International de l'Automobile (FIA).
Wider tires would be part of rules changes designed to produce faster cars and lower lap times, the FIA said. The rules would also incorporate new bodywork regulations that would produce additional downforce for increased cornering speeds, the FIA said.
The new tire specs would be 405 millimeters wide for the rear and 305mm for the front, the FIA said, vs. the current spec of 325mm rear and 245mm front. The information released by the FIA does not address the issue of lower aspect ratio tires, as Pirelli has suggested on a number of occasions.
The recommendations, which come from the F1 Strategy Group and the F1 Commission, also would include wider front and rear wings and bodywork, as well as a 3-percent jump in minimum weight.
The new regulations also could include provisions for adding “some form of cockpit protection” starting with the 2017 season. F1 cars are single-seat, open-cockpit, open-wheel designs.