Mercedes' Incredible Wheel Design Stopped Tyres Exploding

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Mercedes were really struggling to control their tyre temperatures, which isn't good for lap-times, but more importantly, can become extremely dangerous at high speed.
But as ever, the incredible Mercedes engineers got to work and came up with a radical new wheel design. I'm going to show you how they did it and why it's so different to a normal F1 wheel - a bit like the one I have here from a 2007 Renault F1 Car.
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For the past few years, Mercedes have had the most dominant car in F1. But in 2018, Ferrari were starting to pose a real challenge, managing to win the first two races with Vettel getting ahead in the championship. It was starting to look like the Mercedes domination was coming to an end.
So, why is tyre temperature so important in F1? What's it like to manage a set of tires in a race? And, how did Mercedes solve their biggest problem and go on to continue their dominance in F1?
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00:00 Mercedes' Big Problem
00:50 Ferrari vs Mercedes
01:29 Why Save Tyres?
02:50 How Do Tyres Wear?
03:41 Changing Driving Style to Save Tyres
04:28 Mercedes Wheel Design
05:13 Toe Angle and How It Heats Tyres
05:41 Why Fins on the Wheel?
07:41 What if Tyres are Too Cold?
08:28 How Mercedes Fixed the Problem

  • What do you think to these incredible wheel rims?? It's incredible to see the engineering that goes into each and every part of an F1 car!

    Driver61Driver61महीने पहले
    • They literally redesigned the wheel

      kurt Morakurt Mora16 दिन पहले
    • the engineers should have a pint on me.

      sparty94sparty9420 दिन पहले
    • @Gaylord Cockburn Thx GC. There's enough going on in the world to get steamed up about without worrying about rules in sport, so it's just my humble take on how it might be justifiable. Like most topics there's an argument to be made on both sides, the difficult part is finding a solution both sides find paletable. We all loved the crazy 6-wheelers and ground effect fan cars though so I could be persuaded that the Wacky Racers approach could be fun too.

      MediaPCMediaPC20 दिन पहले
    • @MediaPC this is a reply I respect

      Gaylord CockburnGaylord Cockburn21 दिन पहले
    • @Gaylord Cockburn Adopting or banning has the same net outcome, evening up the teams, banning removes what is then an unnecessary cost. F1 has never has been about the ultimate car because it's always been regulated. If you want unregulated then go to LeMans and you'll see plenty of cars that make F1 look prozaic.

      MediaPCMediaPC21 दिन पहले
  • These rims are what you enjoy most about motorsport. The innovation to create these is incredible which is why the FIA has standardized wheel rims so that this kind of innovation is stamped out.

    noodles6669noodles6669घंटे पहले
  • The fact that the FIA literally changes the rules every time a team comes up amazing engineering feats to overcome issues is infuriating.

    UntckdUntckdघंटे पहले
  • is it too long to start the rims design.

    m km k13 घंटे पहले
  • Does anybody know what the music is at towards the end of this video? It's super chilled!

    Foysal AhmedFoysal Ahmed20 घंटे पहले
  • Mercedes: makes a part that helps with tire wear reduction FIA: STOP, YOU HAVE VIOLATED THE LAW.

    Michael starkMichael stark20 घंटे पहले
  • What about Silverstone go 2020?

    Cartercarts YTCartercarts YTदिन पहले
  • "but in 2018 Ferrari were starting to pose a real challenge.." yeah we all know why now don't we.

    Keir MardyKeir Mardyदिन पहले
  • I hate channels that just ramble on and on

    Weather Mann 1Weather Mann 1दिन पहले
  • As l remember a holed hub isn't a new thing, and it was already forbidden wat before merc used it. Just another escamotage to win, every team has one.

    Bat MikiPigBat MikiPig2 दिन पहले
  • WTH is up with FIA... It's like they don't like proper innovations from teams.. That's almost like saying Boxers should train from the coach provided by the WBA

    Lemuel Gjannie CataquizLemuel Gjannie Cataquiz3 दिन पहले
  • what a revolutionary idea

    ashash4 दिन पहले
    • let me know if you’re tired of puns lol

      ashash4 दिन पहले
    • they really tuned it around on mercedes

      ashash4 दिन पहले
    • my mind is spinning

      ashash4 दिन पहले
    • wheely, its incredible

      ashash4 दिन पहले
  • FIA strikes again. Honestly can the just not hey rid of every kings of innovation?

    The middle manThe middle man5 दिन पहले
  • Great film, I’m convinced though rapidly wearing tyres ruin racing, I think tyres should be designed to last the length of a race, thereby meaning more emphasis on driving skill.

    AoToGoAoToGo5 दिन पहले
  • all of this only because of Pirelli.... cant make tyres who work more than 15 laps xD

    GGGeeerrryyGGGeeerrryy6 दिन पहले

  • My compliments! Your Videos are very easy to understand even for german people because of your clear and understandable English. You are able to explain complicated technics and details in a very good way. Keep on doing so!

    Richard NeumannRichard Neumann7 दिन पहले
  • Tyres≠tires

    codclipz 84codclipz 848 दिन पहले
  • i put 78 percent nitrogen and 21 percent oxygen in my car

    T DoubleUT DoubleU11 दिन पहले
  • Hi Hamster, could you speak a little more properly. like ... humanish?

    MrTitiMrTiti11 दिन पहले
  • earnt my sub for this vid, i love the engineering side of F1

    Jase BowmanJase Bowman12 दिन पहले
  • teams: i found a problem for this issue fia: WE found a problem for OUR issue ;)

    Christian JohnsenChristian Johnsen13 दिन पहले
  • Mercedes F1: Literally reinvents the wheel. Mercedes management: Builds a passenger car that will have 16 engine malfunction codes and a leaking water pump by the second oil change.

    Christian MarcheChristian Marche13 दिन पहले
  • We all know why & how the Ferraris were a threat in 2018

    Austin AlexAustin Alex13 दिन पहले
  • did not know mark webber's cousin had a youtube channel LOL *thumbs up*

    felix felizfelix feliz14 दिन पहले
  • Bono why are my tires still dead

    Bob WeiBob Wei15 दिन पहले
  • 7:00 oh nooo lmao he used Major Hardware's water cooled air cooler haha

    Y2G GamingY2G Gaming16 दिन पहले
  • Next talk about their nose design... Mclaren has copied it, so has Renault and Racing Point

    kurt Morakurt Mora16 दिन पहले
  • Turbulent flow does not break up the boundary layer, it still has a boundary layer but absorbs more heat

    Juan PradoJuan Prado16 दिन पहले
  • Tires*

    John CastellanosJohn Castellanos16 दिन पहले
  • But can they keep the car on the track at Le Mans?...

    No ScarzNo Scarz17 दिन पहले
  • I want to see someone figure out active brake ducts that can be tuned from race to race to still gain an edge with standard rims across the field, kind of like adjusting toe or camber to specific tracks, or carburetor jets in NASCAR based on weather conditions such as air temp and humidity. You could have some kind of bimetallic element similar to what you find in a thermostat that would flex as it approached an optimal temperature, and would direct more or less air through the rim to heat or cool the tire as desired.

    Master ArkannorMaster Arkannor17 दिन पहले
  • Formula one hasn’t been watchable in over a decade.

    Randy RandlemanRandy Randleman18 दिन पहले
  • he is just wasting our time with talking about urelated bullshit

    only 2only 219 दिन पहले
  • Tyres, Bonnets and Petro. No wonder

    steve xxxsteve xxx19 दिन पहले
  • I think it is spelled TIRES.

    Meaner KatMeaner Kat19 दिन पहले
  • the music is really annoying

    Colin ColemanColin Coleman21 दिन पहले
  • They should have an "open class" race where any innovation goes!

    Syed Ahmad QusoiriSyed Ahmad Qusoiri21 दिन पहले
  • jesus christ just tell us the thing. 10mins. holy shit.

    Andrew SimpsonAndrew Simpson21 दिन पहले
  • I'm sure this was supposed to be a very interesting topic. But i can't understand a damned thing you were saying!!

    VolDep45VolDep4521 दिन पहले
  • The boundary layer is present when the airflow (either laminar or turbulent) is touching the airfoil (or any surface). When you have no contact of the airflow you have a resulting pocket of downpressure, that is basically a stall.

    MaelstromHellblastMaelstromHellblast22 दिन पहले
  • LOOOOOOOOOOOL OF COURSE they would then regulate the rims of the tires once a team discovers something awesome and amazing. And usually these regulations make the motorsport more shit and not worth watching. A few minutes into this and my first thought was literally "I bet these rims will either be tossed out due to new regulations, or they implement this new design" and I wasn't wrong, it seems lol This is the reason why F1 is so shit now, and the vast majority of motorsports in general. Ruining everyone's fun and either pushing the innovators out (like what happened to Audi when the US actually did motorsports other than shit Nascar), or the ideas out.

    Dizzy GearDizzy Gear22 दिन पहले
  • er .... movable aerodynamic device?

    TouayTouay22 दिन पहले
  • It sucks how once an innovation has been found & becomes dominant, the higher ups put a cap on it. There needs to be a racing league where hey just regulate safety & let the engineers & drivers work their magic

    ScadieeeScadieee23 दिन पहले
  • In F1 who wins ? Team with most billions of Dollars😂

    Buff BarnabyBuff Barnaby23 दिन पहले
  • F1 is boring as fuck and so NOT competitive. Make Hamilton drive the Sauber and see if he wins ROFL

    Buff BarnabyBuff Barnaby23 दिन पहले
  • So what you are saying is that Lewis Hamilton just has the car with the best aero and best engine.

    Lapin LogicLapin Logic23 दिन पहले
  • Why not put some phase-change material in the tire?

    JoeJoeTaterJoeJoeTater25 दिन पहले
  • Very well explained, thanks very much for sharing your knowledge mate.

    belmon125belmon12525 दिन पहले
  • I quit. Watched for six minutes and he did not get to the point. Got the info direct from Mercedes in 20 seconds.

    Myrtle LittleMyrtle Little25 दिन पहले
  • F1 - when your rim's width is larger than their diameter and they resemble jet engines more than actual rims

    Bogdan IonitzaBogdan Ionitza25 दिन पहले
  • fans in your rims no fans under your car no they try to crate a level playing field i wonder if they left it alone f1 would turn into another group b

    CervontaisCervontais25 दिन पहले
  • Literally anyone : *innovates in F1* FIA: "Wait. That's illegal"

    PlasmaPlasma26 दिन पहले
  • Well they should be inflating the tires with helium since it has a lower thermal resistance...

    FerCamFerCam27 दिन पहले
  • i really don't see a problem with the rims, they add a level of safety to an already dangerous activity. why wouldn't FIA want more safety? it's not like they're adding down-force or any other traction/speed aid. if this innovation keeps another loss like Senna then FIA should embrace the technology, not hinder it.

    Arthyu AlagaoArthyu Alagao27 दिन पहले
  • MB plugged the small holes up when Ferrari protested to help avoid any penalty's for their CC WDC run

    J CerulloJ Cerullo27 दिन पहले
  • “extremely innovative”? 🤪

    JoeOvercoatJoeOvercoat28 दिन पहले
  • F1 sucks with the Merc dominance. And Lewis has a shitty attitude that makes it imposable to like him. During the interviews they mention stats and he gets very rude. I don't care about the numbers. is his response. Same as Marc the cheating POS in MotoGP. Can't wait for 2021 when they level the field to make it great again.

    Norm CaissieNorm Caissie28 दिन पहले
  • Nothing had some good ideas

    iFazer8 AKA The DoctoriFazer8 AKA The Doctor28 दिन पहले
  • Last time I watched formula 1 slicks was banned. 😎 I guess they unbanned them at some stage where the mean engine power was forced below a certain threshold because of regulations. Are they running two cylinder motors now days or is it just down to 4? 😉

    CuplexCuplex28 दिन पहले
  • For goodness sake stop and take a breath sometimes! It is very tiring to listen to .

    John PageJohn Page29 दिन पहले
  • lots of fluff in this one. sure, rims can be matched to track temp. why hadn't anyone thought of that decades ago?

    Paul SPaul S29 दिन पहले

    William KiĺlWilliam Kiĺl29 दिन पहले
  • Great video, as are all of yours. F1 research and development leads eventually to better cars for us all.

    James KeyesJames Keyes29 दिन पहले
  • So.. Best engineers working not to make better products, but to help advertising shit products.

    maxfiremaxfire29 दिन पहले
  • Maybe the wheels create dirty air for the car behind it, and that's why FIA banned it. Just a thought.

    Kai AnguloKai Angulo29 दिन पहले
  • 10:17 and then banning those innovations from motorsport after everyone adopts them.

    shred1894shred189429 दिन पहले
  • It will be interesting to see how the 2021 designed wheels deal with that heat.

    Cpt.AirWolfCpt.AirWolfमहीने पहले
  • dude the f1 has so much air cooling that its starting to look more like planes than cars lol

    Alejandro AyoraAlejandro Ayoraमहीने पहले
  • What makes it hard for Mercedes to maintain tyre ware is DAS

    Mäýüŕá VïřůšMäýüŕá Vïřůšमहीने पहले
  • Red bulls watching lol

    Lukas Van dijkLukas Van dijkमहीने पहले
  • What is even the point of F1 if every innovation gets ruled out by the FIA?

    Surestick88Surestick88महीने पहले
  • What do those wheels cost? I would like to know. I have worked in NASCAR for almost 30 years and we are using the same wheels we were when I started. We have made lots of innovations in NASCAR that after the race tear down they would change the rules to prevent you using certain tricks. NASCAR wants every single car to be the same. The same template for the bodies is identical dosent matter if it’s Ford or chevy or any of the other’s use the same template on each car. And now you don’t fabricate your own body like use to. Everything is pre made and rivets together. When I started a speedway car looked like it was turning left just sitting still. Of course it was cheated up but it met the templates of that era. We have ran nitrous at Daytona first for qualifying once and that was back when you could swap engines out. Our “qualifying” motor fit the rule book but it was a different build and by messing around on the dyno we figured out the best cam for nitrous. We did that until the rules changed. Because the only way to get the nitrous in was having it go right through a “rivit” spray nozzle into the air cleaner also the carb had to be rejeted. Now we run fuel injection. It’s a mclaren throttle body setup and we can’t do anything to it you have to run it like it comes. Here recently they have started giving out the control units at the track now. You can’t run your own. I remember when they started making it mandatory that all carburetor gaskets comes from them at the track. With some time and skill chamfer the 4 holes and that would give you 10+ hp on the dyno.

    All Things M3All Things M3महीने पहले
  • Just has a f1 wheel lying around

    JJJbikingJJJbikingमहीने पहले
  • Mercedes: We have the best rim designs that stop out tires from exploding! 2020 British GP: Wow nice job erm no

    Ta Manh DungTa Manh Dungमहीने पहले
  • You forgot to mention that Ferrari was also just straight up cheating

    MrMattie725MrMattie725महीने पहले
  • Mercedes: We have the best rim designs that stop out tires from exploding! 2020 British GP: Wow nice job erm no

    Sam KortlandSam Kortlandमहीने पहले
  • F1 is outdated ICE tech... no one likes it any more

    kayu zx5kayu zx5महीने पहले
  • The only ones who can beat Mercedes is Mercedes.

    Michael LinnerMichael Linnerमहीने पहले
  • bro just put the ac on

    mad notmad notमहीने पहले
  • Old news from two years ago... Those wheels the result of the 2018 tire that had a thicker tread. Merc was being beaten soundly, we could hear Lewis crying all the way in the USA. So for three races in 2018, Pirelli brought a thinner treaded tire that worked for Merc- and just about no one else. So, the FIA in its wisdom switched to the thinner treaded tire for the 2019 season and Merc brought out its new wheels and brought their legality into question, but were deemed legal.

    Jim BrackeenJim Brackeenमहीने पहले
  • No wonder the company charges so much for repairs and parts, they spend so much on research then pass their namesake’s garbage onto customers who assume they are great because they win races competing against other cars. Genius

    Michael FitzgeraldMichael Fitzgeraldमहीने पहले
  • Blame Ferrari for Mercedes being so dominant. Salt to the wound is the legality of the Ferrari car to the Mercedes. Cheating sucks

    TheBaconHunterTheBaconHunterमहीने पहले
  • As a writer I prefer to get at once into the subject, I can't stand those that want to talk about everything but the subject announced. I got tired of waiting and changed video before the first add.

    Ricardo MartinelliRicardo Martinelliमहीने पहले
  • @Driver61 🤦‍♂️ Tell me atleast you watched what happened in the last lap of #BritishGP🇬🇧 @Siverstone 🪨 #F1🏎 #2k20 #MercedesAmgPetronas💯💪❤

    Mohamud Naheem BackarallyMohamud Naheem Backarallyमहीने पहले
  • So what you are saying is, the tyres are shit.

    mark rainfordmark rainfordमहीने पहले
  • those rims are what I hate about F1. some team comes up with an innovative technology that gives them a slight advantage, the FIA instantly bans it.

    dedsertdedsertमहीने पहले
  • F1 has got boring because it’s all about complex expensive car design and not the drivers. Of course, the better drivers tend to end up in the better cars, but it’s the cars that come first in the process. This in turn means that F1 is always likely to be dominated by one or two manufacturers who spend the most money. I just want to all the drivers in the same car and let’s find out who can actually drive. Oh, and let’s get it back on free to air TV so we can all watch it, like it was back in the days of Senna, Prost, Mansell, Piquet and Villeneuve.

    Tailspin80Tailspin80महीने पहले
  • We need a new "pinnacle of technology" racing series, since F1 has become so restrictive on any kind of innovation. Everything just gets banned by FIA. Technical regulations for the new series: - Car length, width and height are capped - Car must move on round tires - Driver must be inside the car - Car must pass crash tests To make the series more "green" to sell it to more ppl and to advance technology in general: - Fuels and lubricants must be 100% from renewable sources - All technological details of the previous season's car and the technologies related to it must be released to public domain when the current season ends (2020 data must be released after the 2021 season has ended). This will also help keep the playing field more level as you can copy stuff from the best teams, so that no one can gain a huge advantage over the years. To keep costs down: - No wind tunnel testing, all CFD must be done on desktop PCs (1 desktop + 1 laptop per person working for the team), no server farms for other than saving data (easy to monitor with surprise audits) - Limit the amount of staff in the entire team organization to ~100, limit the number of hours staff are allowed to work per week so that ppl don't burn out due to some crazy 80h/week work crunches - Buying work from outside sources is forbidden To make racing more interesting: - Only basic live telemetry can be relayed to the team, such as car speed, position on track, pedal movements, gear the driver is on. The same stuff that's displayed on TV screens when watching races. Detailed telemetry can only be transmitted via a wired connection. This will create more surprises during races since teams can't see every single little detail on how their cars are performing. To make the series more fair to smaller teams: - Income from TV rights, ticket sales and so on is distributed evenly to all teams. The more succesful teams will receive more money from their sponsors anyways, so it's only fair that everyone gets an even cut from the money the series makes as a whole. So basically, you can design pretty much anything you like, but you have limited manpower and tools to do so and others can copy your stuff two years later. Something like that. The world needs innovation, not rules that ban innovation.

    KepeKepeमहीने पहले
    • The irony of your assertion to create a new "pinnacle of technology" racing series that boasts prohibitive restrictions on aero testing and simulation power.

      Peter TurtonPeter Turton27 दिन पहले
  • I think this can be easely explained in less than 30 seconds,.....

    Guy Van BrusselGuy Van Brusselमहीने पहले
  • Great video! And the Italian Giorgio Piola's drawing are amazing 8:58

    jparker1901jparker1901महीने पहले
  • 5:50 is when he shows you the wheel you came to see

    Jacob NixJacob Nixमहीने पहले
  • Cool

    Steve SyncoxSteve Syncoxमहीने पहले
  • I love that you used a fellow youtuber’s air-water-PC cooking mod lol. Praise up

    goldriddergoldridderमहीने पहले
  • I'm watching this as I sit in my 2001 Pontiac Aztek with a masculine 89 horsepower. Seriously.

    HerbieHerbieमहीने पहले
  • This is a wheely good innovation.

    VC YTVC YTमहीने पहले
  • MB does all the development and F1 forces them to give up their advantage to everyone else. Sounds like socialism to me.

    CR3W1SH03SCR3W1SH03Sमहीने पहले
  • Awesome this channel...thank you

    Victor Ng, RealtorVictor Ng, Realtorमहीने पहले
  • I always knew that Hamilton is not the reason for the win of the bananas 😂

    Martin KaufmannMartin Kaufmannमहीने पहले
  • Tires.

    alan connellyalan connellyमहीने पहले