What is Aquaplaning in F1

what is aquaplaning in f1

For most drivers, aquaplaning in Formula 1 is probably one of the most frightening things to experience behind the wheel. Imagine a rock skipping on the surface of a lake, completely on its own and in the hands of the laws of physics.

During wet weather conditions, water builds up on the race tracks. When a tyre skims through the surface of such wet tracks, it results in loss of traction and steering abilities. This is aquaplaning and when this happens, skill is completely irrelevant.

Since aquaplaning only occurs during rain, there are effective ways to tackle it. Pirelli, the sole tire provider of F1, usually provides every team with three compounds out of five compounds. They are hard, mediums, and soft.

However, under rainy circumstances, Pirelli provides the teams with intermediate and wet weather tires. The intermediate tires deem to be the best, as they can work both on a drying surface as well as on the wet tracks when there’s no standing water. Intermediate tires can dissipate about 30 liters of tires every second at 300 km/h speed.