September 8, 2013
What warms up your tires?
If you've ever wondered how much of a factor heat from the brakes is in heating tires on an F1 car, look no further than this video of Paul Di Resta's warm up lap through that cool infrared camera.
Several interesting bits: At the very first chicane he locks up just a bit and you can see what a dramatic hotspot that creates.
You can see how much the airflow cools the rubber but also how quickly it lights up in the corners, Interesting that you see the inside wheel light up under braking.
Finally as the car comes to a stanstill on the grid, you see the effect of brake heat. Check out how at the green , you can see the cold spot from where the tire was touching the asphalt!
All that heat though was not enough to prevent Di Rest from locking up into the Variante della Roggia (T4...) and smashing into Grosjean's Lotus, which miraculously survived the impact.