Pirelli's Mario Isola: 'It's all about allowing drivers to attack'

Talking about the new aerodynamic rules, as the 2019 cars will generate less downforce because of their revised wings, how did you approach the construction of these new tyres?

"We had some simulations from the teams estimating the changes for this year. There should be less downforce but I believe that some teams will recover it quickly through development.

"Thatโ€™s a factor we have to consider because we introduced our homologated tyres in December but they will be used for the entire year and the cars will evolve a lot too. So, we have teams providing simulations of what they believe are the performance at the beginning and at the end of the season for us to develop the compounds in this range.

"Less downforce means probably more sliding, more sliding means a bit more surface overheating. What we have done is re-designing a little bit of the tyre construction by reducing the threat and using new materials capable of a better heat management, in order for compounds to offer a higher blister resistance."