Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: United Kingdom
The F1's tread pattern definitely contributes toward tramlining, they provide excellent grip but this can also be a bad thing on poorly surfaced roads, literally pulling the car about as they find grip on uneven tarmac. From personal experience (after tyres) incorrect alignment is the main cause, followed by iffy ball joints.
You're right Fred, although any car - not just sports cars - can tramline depending on the surface quality of the road. Unfortunately it's the wider, better gripping tyres that exhibit this problem the most; being made for sharp response, they not only show up poor roads but any deficiencies within the suspension too.
With reliability will ultimately come monotony.....