Pirelli Motorsport boss Mario Isola said that “the target is not a secret” regarding a smaller, lighter tyre construction for
The key goal of the upcoming regulation overhaul for 2026 is to reduce the size and mass of cars in Formula 1 in order to improve racing. Various regulations implemented in recent years have contributed to the current minimum weight of 798kg for an F1 car. Pirelli, the sole F1 tyre supplier, is investigating the possibility of a smaller tyre construction to mitigate this weight increase. They are open to supplying smaller tyres if necessary to align with the goal of designing lighter and more agile cars. Pirelli is already using lightweight materials in their tyre construction and continues to research and develop new materials to reduce weight further. Reducing the size and mass of the cars is also on F1’s agenda as it limits the drivers’ ability to have close, wheel-to-wheel racing.