And of course, they couldn’t use the current Pirelli tyres in an endurance race…
Imagine a stint on Pirellis round Le Mans. Pit exit – Dunlop Curve, Esses, Tertre Rouge and they’re gone. And Hunaudieres and the chicanes would be known as “the delamination zone”.
But seriously now, an F1 car wouldn’t really put a current era LMP1 prototype to shame around Le Mans. Sure it would be faster on a single lap, but not THAT much faster.
Look at the fastest laps around Silverstone in last year’s F1 GP and this year’s WEC round.
Raikkonen did it in 1:34.661 in 2012.
Kristensen clocked in at 1:42.767 in the race in 2013.
That’s an 8 seconds gap between two cars built for entirely different purposes (sprint vs. endurance). And Le Mans isn’t Silverstone. On Silverstone we could say an F1 car truly feels and drives properly. These prototypes however are purpose-built for Le Mans, the aero packages, the engine setups, everything is thought and conceived around Le Mans and for Le Mans. The teams bring an year’s worth of work to that circuit alone. Round La Sarthe the gap would be smaller, I can bet. Plus, you’d have to have one hell of a driver behind the wheel of that F1 car to keep it together through the Porsche curves alone.
To be honest, I think with a bit of tweaking a top LMP1 car (I mean an Audi) could actually be faster round Le Mans (in particular) than a Caterham or Marussia, or even the current Williams or Sauber cars.