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Pirelli petitioned for extra FP1 tyres.

Pirelli has been asked whether it would consider supplying extra tyres for FP1 in order to ensure on-track action.

With the Malaysian Grand Prix getting underway to a largely empty Sepang circuit on Friday, team bosses have again suggested ways of increasing the action for spectators.

According to Sky Sports one leading team member responded to seeing just three cars set lap times during the first hour of running in Malaysia by contacting Pirelli with regard to obtaining an extra set of tyres for FP1, suggesting that it be used by reserve drivers in order to avoid favouring any of the regular pilots.

"One leading member of an F1 team has sent an email to Paul Hembery saying that, once again, a lot of time in FP1 featured no cars on track, which is not good for the fans or the live TV audience,” commentator David Croft confirmed, “Is it worth lobbying the FIA and the commercial rights holders to get Pirelli to offer an additional set to teams using their test or reserve drivers in P1?

"It does not have to be mandatory, each team can elect to participate or not. It also gives teams the opportunity to look at their reserve driver and keep them current.”

Pirelli has yet to respond to the enquiry.

Tagged as: Pirelli , tyres , FP1

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atxsxsw - Unregistered

March 23, 2013 1:49 PM

You know the tires are totally cr*p when all of the teams basically elect to sit out the majority of FP1 for fear of using up tires they may want for the race. To see nobody racing full out anymore is ridiculous. No matter how much Pirelli wants to pretend that this is normal, it's not. Being able to manage tires has generally been a part of racing, but when it becomes the sole consideration, it just becomes random and boring. I know Bernie and the weak-minded broadcasters love the randomness of it all, as they equate randomness with being interesting, but I'm seriously considering forgetting about F1 until mid-season and checking back again to see if something has happened with the tires.

Insomniac - Unregistered

March 23, 2013 3:33 PM

Not true, even when they had tires to run in the past they wouldn't venture out much. If they had tires now, they'd just not use the engine. I prefer a third car for all teams in P1 with a seperate set of tires with the reserve driver in. At least then you have a spare car built up ready for the rest of the weekend, instead of in bit's in the trucks.

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