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2022 cars will soon match predecessors for pace

Pirelli's Mario Isola says that the early signs are that drivers will be able to push harder on the new 18-inch tyres, while data from the teams suggests the new cars will soon match the pace of their predecessors. Among the many changes for 2022 is the long-awaited switch from 13-inch to 18-inch tyres. The 13-inch version has been in use for nearly the entire history of the championship to date, certainly from the 1960s. Nonetheless, at that time – and into the subsequent decade – there was still a lot of regulatory freedom around wheel size until, in the 1980s, 13-inches finally became the definitive size. With a bigger emphasis on technological proximity to the road car as...
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