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F1 Podcast: Why Ferrari struggles so much at high altitude

by Josh Suttill
1 min read

On this week’s episode of The Race F1 Tech Show, host Edd Straw and former F1 technical director Gary Anderson dig into a couple of big technical talking points from the recent Mexico City Grand Prix and delve into the finer points of the controversy around the future of tyre blankets.

Gary kicks off the podcast by discussing the complex issue of cooling an F1 car at altitude, before explaining the key reason as to why Ferrari’s performance suffered at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez compared to chief rivals Red Bull and Mercedes.

After that, Edd and Gary dig into the ongoing back and forth between the teams, drivers, Pirelli, F1 and the FIA over the future of tyre blankets, including why the sport is set to drop the planned reduction in maximum tyre blanket temperatures next season and what that means for the proposed outright ban in 2024.

And finally, Gary answers a listener’s question about whether F1 design inspiration could be taken by a combination of Mercedes’ zero sidepod concept and the classic twin chassis Lotus 88.

The Race F1 Tech Show, brought to you by Aramco.

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