Giti Tire Continues to Make a Name for Itself in Formula 3 Asian Championship
For those who don't follow racing, the Asian F3 circuits are largely unheard of. While NASCAR and Formula 1 are impossible to ignore completely, no matter your interest level, F3 continues to fly under the radar in much of the world.
Whether that's because it's in Asia instead of Europe or North America or simply because the most famous and successful drivers in the world all gravitate to F1 or NASCAR, it's a shame. The F3 races offer a ton of excitement, along with a chance to watch some of the best up and coming drivers in the world making names for themselves.
Along with relatively unknown drivers, F3 presents an incredible opportunity for relatively unknown brands to grow their market and their name recognition. Often the only thing that holds a company back from getting into the biggest races in the world is not quality, but anonymity. NASCAR and Formula 1 drivers and owners aren't going to pick an unknown brand for any of their equipment.
Those unknown brands are often very good brands, and F3 is giving them a chance to shine. is the perfect example. Giti Tire has been the official tire provider of the F3 Asian Championship Series now since it began in 2018.
While have been used in European racing, that use has been sparing. Giti isn't exactly a small tire company-but it's relatively young, and F3 is the first racing competition to make Giti the official tire. The results have been nothing but promising so far, with Giti tires performing admirably in all conditions.
The GTR1 tires that they've been providing to the drivers of the F3 Asian Championship have been universally praised by those who've used them. Racing is one of the best places to see just how durable and safe a tire is. Even in ideal weather conditions, the wear and tear being put on the tires is hard to fully grasp.
The sheer acceleration that F3 cars use generates a lot of force, and in order for the car to most all of that force has to be applied to the track through the tires. They have to be tough enough to handle all of that energy and the friction it generates not only during the initial acceleration, but also throughout the race itself and then through the braking as the cars finally slow.
Any tire that can handle racing conditions, then, is a very tough and well-made piece of equipment. When the weather and track conditions are less than ideal, even the best racing tires might suffer. Giti tires held up remarkably well during intense rain in the Middle East winter races, though.
The Formula 3 Asian Championship has become known as the proving ground in which the best Formula 1 drivers of the future will be made. Major teams and sponsors follow it closely just to watch the development of the drivers as they progress through the competition, and the most successful ones have long and lucrative careers ahead of them.
Those same teams and sponsors would do well to keep an eye on the equipment providers like Giti, as well. Having another quality tire company to choose from can only be a good thing. More competition forces other companies to react with better quality and competitive prices. In much the same way that any driver capable of winning the F3 Championship will probably perform well in Formula 1, any tire that can hold up to the rigors of the F3 tracks can do the same in Formula 1.
Of course, the challenge is that you won't find just one brand of tire being used in Formula 1. One of the biggest differences between F3 and F1 is that, in F3 racing, all drivers are driving the exact same model of car. The idea is that, if each driver is driving the exact same car, then the talent of the driver is a much bigger factor in each race. From a supplier perspective, it's great because if you can get the deal, you supply the entire competition.
Formula 1 racing doesn't work like that, so we likely won't see the whole fleet of F1 racers using the same tires. We might see a lot more Giti being used in F1 soon, though. F3 is the proving ground for future F1 drivers. It's where many of the future's best F1 drivers will get their start, and if they fall in love with Giti tires here, there's a good chance they'll end up taking that love with them all the way to the top.
Giti may not be a household name like Michelin, but it's already one of the biggest tire companies in the world. While they're based in Singapore, they've just opened a new factory in the United States. As the company grows and F3 continues to showcase the incredible quality of their tires, they might begin to overtake the older, more established tire makers.
This is just one example of how the F3 Asian Championship is reshaping the world of racing and the world of automotive supply. As it continues to grow in popularity among the world's most populous and rapidly growing nations, we can only imagine how the world of racing will begin to change. Tires may just be the beginning. Soon, other facets of F3 might begin to catch on. The three-race-per-weekend schedule and uniformity of the cars is hugely popular and might catch on in other competitions.
For now, F3 is the starting point, both for the ones behind the wheel and what's on the wheel. Before long, F3 may become a trend-setting competition in its own right. In the meantime, Giti Tire and other manufacturers are benefiting from it more than they might have expected.