DECEMBER 12, 2016
Pirelli wants to monitor tyre data in-race
Pirelli sounds determined to keep clamping down on how F1 teams are using their tyres.
The sport's official supplier was unpopular among many teams this year as it demanded controversially high operating tyre pressures.
So now with the tyres getting bigger and grippier for 2017, Pirelli F1 chief Mario Isola confirmed reports the brand is looking to monitor tyre data from F1 teams in real time.
"We need a different way to make sure they are following our prescriptions," he is quoted by Brazil's UOL.
"So far, we have been able to prescribe the initial pressures but not what happens next," said Isola, amid rumours teams have devised clever methods and technology to lower tyre pressures when the cars are actually running.
"Of course we are interested in the pressure of the tyre in the race, so if we find a way to track it in real time, it will be more accurate and better for everyone," he added.