Why tyres are key on the route to F1

Why tyres are key on the route to F1

Tyre preservation is a skill that is being taught the hard way in a number of junior single seater categories this year, and, as Glenn Freeman found out, it's getting the youngsters ready for the demands of Formula 1

Formula 1 isn't the only championship where tyre degradation is one of the biggest talking points this year. Junior single seater series have often tried to mimmick what we see at the top of the tree – although in the past that usually applied to the styling of the cars.

But for 2011, GP2, GP3 and the F3 Euro Series have all adopted the idea of having tyres that can't last as long as they should – be that a race distance, or in the case of GP2's feature race, a full stint.

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