F1 teams vote unanimously to reject Pirelli's 2020 tyres
Formula 1 teams have voted unanimously to reject Pirelli's 2020 tyres and will instead retain the 2019 specification compounds next season.
Pirelli had hoped to introduce a new specification for the 2020 season, with the aim of reducing overheating while following another car, allowing them to operate in a wider temperature range and avoiding the need to increase tyre pressures to cope with the expected increase in speed.
However during multiple tests this year they have come in for criticism, with drivers claiming they fail to address those concerns, whilst providing less grip than at present.
“There are some positives, there are some negatives," said Haas driver and GPDA Chairman Romain Grosjean.
"If you ask me if I’m very happy with the new tyres and [whether] this is going to solve some of the problems, [such as] thermal degradation and sensitivity to following the other cars, I have to tell the truth and say no it’s not going to change that problem fully."
Pirelli had hoped that further development and a final test in Abu Dhabi would convince the teams otherwise.
A deadline of Monday was set, and an e-vote arranged, with the regulations stipulating that seven of the 10 teams would need to vote against the 2020 tyres, and in favour of the 2019 version, if the 2020 tyres were to be abandoned.
On Tuesday it was confirmed that all 10 teams voted against the 2020 tyres, meaning that the 2019 compounds will be used.
"After having tested and analysed new specification tyres for 2020, a vote for the specification of the tyres for the 2020 Season was carried out according to Article 12.6.1 of the technical regulations," the FIA confirmed in a brief statement.
"The vote resulted in a unanimous decision to keep the 2019 specification tyres for the 2020 season by the Formula 1 teams.
"The FIA would like to thank both Pirelli and all the teams for their work and collaboration to improve the tyres for the 2020 season and beyond. In any case, the lessons leant will be invaluable for the further improvement of the tyres in the future."