The architects behind the changes to Zandvoort have revealed a video showing their plans for the circuit ahead of its return in the 2020 F1 season.Arie Luyendijk (turn 13) corners, which will be steeply banked.
The rest of the track’s 4.3-kilometre configuration will be largely unchanged. Dromo owner Jarno Zaffelli told RaceFans they intend to retain the circuit’s gravel traps following a request from Formula 1 Management.
Pirelli’s head of F1 and car racing Mario Isola said they will have to increase the minimum tyres pressures by “a few psi” at Zandvoort to cope with the stresses induced by the banked corners.
“The only thing we can do is to react with the pressure,” he explained. “We have to increase the starting pressure because obviously if you look at the regulations we are obliged to stay on the same construction, same specification, for all the year.
“So we cannot design a tyre for banking, we cannot design a specific construction for Zandvoort. The only possibility is to try to manage the prescriptions in terms of camber and pressure.”
He added Pirelli have been in touch with Dromo to understand the likely effect of the planned changes. “They told us about this idea to have the 18 degrees banking. It seems that it was a decision that was already taken because otherwise they had an issue: The straight is not very long and they have an issue with the DRS period. So we will adapt our prescription based on the calculation.”
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