Formula 1 is considering a reduction in the number of tyres teams may use at some races next season.
F1 motorsport director Ross Brawn said the series is looking at using limited trials to evaluate ideas that “we’d be a little bit nervous about doing for the whole season”.
One proposal involves reducing the number of tyres teams can use during a race weekend. Ordinarily teams are issued 13 sets of slicks, four sets of intermediates and three sets of full wets per weekend. That totals 36,800 tyres for race weekends alone next year. Extra tyres can also be supplied for testing purposes or in response to wet weather.
Brawn said the sport would like to “see if we can reduce the quantity of tyres we use over a race weekend”.
“We’re all trying to improve our footprint in many ways,” he explained. “Logistics, usage of tyres is one of them.
“So we hope in ’22 we’re going to have some weekends where we have a reduced number of tyres available. We think we can do that without impacting the show.”
Before proceeding with the test, F1 and the FIA are considering what “unintended consequences” might arise from the change, said Brawn.
“Tim Goss at the FIA in particular has been working very hard with Pirelli and the teams to come up with a proposal of how we might assess a different way of using the tyres over the weekend to reduce quantities. And that looks quite promising and I think that’s something we will do at a few weekends during the season in order to evaluate it.
“If it works then it’s something that we can adopt for the future or we can tune it a little bit and move forward.”
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