Sebastian Vettel Sets Off the Alarm Bells on New 2022 F1 Tires With Major Visibility Issue

Published 08/16/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – FIA Press Conference – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 17, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Formula One is bringing in new regulations from the 2022 season. The new regulations will enable the teams to race closer to each other and they would make it easier for the drivers to follow during the race. The new rules will also introduce bigger 18-inch tires compared to 13-inch tires in 2021. These tires would be less susceptible to wear and would damage a lot less. But Aston Martin driver and 4-time world champion Sebastian Vettel has found some flaws in the new 18-inch tires during his test.

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As reported by Auto-Motor-Und-Sport, the 4-time world champion pointed out few things which make the 2022 tires worse than the current 2021 tires. Vettel stated that the new tires affect the front end of the car massively.

“The big wheels make the view to the front even worse.” said the Aston Martin driver.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021, Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during a press conference ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga

“All the mirror mounts are in the way. The best thing was when the mirrors were attached to the Halo,” said Vettel. “With the covers and the large wheels you can no longer see the curbs,” said the former Ferrari driver also noticed another flaw in the tires while driving in the simulator.

This can also be a potential safety hazard for the drivers if their vision inside the car is narrowed down.

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Seb Vettel, despite pointing out some flaws, was happy with his test on the new 18-inch tires. He mentioned that the new tires will play a crucial role in cars following each other. He also mentioned some of the pros of new wheels.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021, Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action REUTERS/Florion Goga

“You can drive longer at the limit with these tires without overheating. They are more comfortable over the curbs and offer more grip in slow and medium-fast corners. I felt faster in these sections than with conventional tires. “ said Vettel.

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Everyone is eagerly waiting for the new regulation to come in fact from next season. Every team will hope to develop their cars to the maximum so that they can gain an edge in the era of F1.

Will the new 18-inch tires help in overtaking in 2022? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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