Formula One tyres have helped revolutionise the sport since the first season of the World Championship of Drivers in 1950. In part one of our blog, we looked at Formula One tyres from 1950-1980. Within this particular blog post, we will be looking at the current era of Formula One, analysing how Formula One tyres have helped positively impact the sport.
 A Leap Forward For Williams
In 1986, Williams took another leap forward with the unveiling of their state-of-the-art Williams Honda FW11. It set the standard for all others to follow and dominated the season. Nigel Mansell won 5 of the championship rounds while his Williams teammate, Nelson Piquet, won four. The twin turbo-charged Honda 4 cam V6 engine used a mass of electronic micro processing equipment to handle boost, ignition and injection requirements.
Driver-to-pit radio communications and car-to-pit in-race telemetry enabled the pit crew to “watch the gauges” while also monitoring the drivers’ reaction to instructions and advise. It was revolutionary to the sport who had never previously experienced communication on such a scale. It allowed for unprecedented access and monitoring for the teams who were previously limited to video footage and driver feedback once in the driver returned to the paddock.
 Further Aerodynamic Improvements
In 1992, further aerodynamic breakthroughs saw the cars going lower, longer and more streamlined than ever before. A high air intake that towered over the cockpit helped force air down and out of the rear of the car for added downforce; an additional that is still seen on cars today.
Above is the McLaren MP4/7A-8 was driven by Gerhard Berger in the 1992 season. As you can see, it possessed the air intake located above the driver. The rear tyres of the McLaren MP4/7A-8 were manufactured by Goodyear and sized at: 26"x15” - 13” whilst the front tyres were sized 25” x 10” - 13”.