Pirelli: Tyre changes will create 'Formula One plus'


The introduction of wider front and rear tyres will take Formula One to a new level, according to Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery.

In an attempt to significantly improve lap times F1 cars will have tyres that are 25 per cent wider than the ones used in the current season.

As a result wider wings will be needed at both ends of the car to help downforce, and Hembery believes those changes will see a drastic change - particularly in cornering.

However, he has also hinted the changes could end up with F1 looking like cars driving around on rails, which could be a detriment to the entertainment factor for the sport.

"If you are cornering with that much grip [it] clearly is going to be felt by the drivers in a dramatic fashion," Hembery told Autosport.

"It could be driving on rails at that point. It could be so high the feeling is the car has such grip that it's more driving on rails rather than driving on the limit.

"We won't know until they get to the limits on track to understand where those limits actually are.

"But with that improvement in performance it's like going into another category of racing.

"It will be like jumping from GP2 into Formula 1, so it'll be almost like a Formula 1-plus compared to where we are now."

And Hembery has warned fans of the sport not to expect too much too soon, saying drivers will need time to adjust to the differences of 2017.

He added: "It's going to take a while anyway, but I'm sure they will have been driving in the simulator before they get in the car for the first time, so they will already have an idea of what the real impact is going to be.

"Sometimes something like this can bring out differences in drivers. I'm sure the top guys will say it is what they want - that they want to be challenged more."