Why do F1 drivers zig-zag the car around the track?

ANYONE who watches Formula One regularly will be familiar with the sight of drivers wiggling their car from left to right and right to left around the track. Formula One drivers can be seen veering from left to right, then right to left – and quite often this is behind a safety car. The reason they do this is to keep the car’s tyres at an optimum temperature. The reason they do this when a safety car is out, or in the formation lap, is because the race is not in motion at that point. The other part of this is that a hot tyre during the start of the race will lead to a faster start. Drivers are looking for a temperature of 100-110C for their perfect race tyre.

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