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F1 China 2013: Teams to extra Friday Practice tyres?

Amid mounting criticism from teams and fans that Pirelli's 2013 tyres are now dominating race weekends, the FIA could boost team's Friday allocations.
Starting from Spain, F1 teams could get extra tyres to use in Friday practice in an effort to help them get better prepared for the remainder of the race weekend in future, Bernie Ecclestone revealed on the starting grid at Shanghai just before this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix.

At present teams get only 11 sets of tyres which they have to manage across the entire event. One set of the prime tyres has to be handed back by teams at the end of FP1, so typically that's all teams use in that first session - leading to long periods of inactivity during the morning as teams jealously guard their remaining tyre allocation.

That limits the amount of on-track testing the teams can do, leaving them playing something of a guessing game when it comes to set-ups for Saturday and Sunday and determining which race strategy to opt for.

Pirelli has suggested giving more tyres to the teams, with one proposal being that any team running a rookie driver in FP1 should get an extra set of tyres to work with, possibly of a more durable nature than the official race compounds.

Pirelli's motorsport director Paul Hembery told reporters in Shanghai that the proposal has been worked up after the tyre manufacturer had asked team bosses what they needed to run more laps on Fridays and to encourage the use of third drivers among the top teams during the race weekend.

In China, the only reserve driver to get any track time on the Shanghai International Circuit at all was local favourite Ma Qing Hau, who works for the Caterham team and who stood in for regular driver Charles Pic.

Another proposal could see additional sets of tyres only being available to teams for the first part of FP1, to encourage teams to get out on track right from the green light.

But although Ecclestone in typical fashion announced the move for extra Friday tyres as a done deal, in reality Pirelli's proposals still have to be formally approved by the teams in discussion with the FIA's Charlie Whiting, with a meeting set to happen this weekend in Bahrain.

"We can do it from Barcelona," said Hembery, speaking in China on Sunday. "But the detail is something that needs to be sorted out with the teams and Charlie."

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prof-x - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 3:52 AM

building tires that require a bigger investment in setup vs performance degrades stronger teams that can put in the performance, and rewards those with knowledge or ability to make the tires last. It also gives the tire manufacturer more control over who wins a race/championship/etc... The control tire is the biggest joke in pro-racing, at least for F1 & MotoGP.... Yokes on the fans who believe in trying to make racing fair and all that anti-competitive reverse psychology. Politicians and technocrats want the same thing for society, where they pretend everything is fair all while they are pulling the strings and dictating the rulebook. Lolz. F1/MotoGP is a microcosm of politics in general, and its a shame so many people cant see through it. But no, we will continue to watch performers jump through hoops, do what they are told, all in a vein attempt to be conditioned and exposed to products/services we dont need.

Yak - Unregistered

April 19, 2013 3:25 AM

I wouldn't be surprised if the teams didn't go for it. Extra tyres given to those that run a rookie reserve driver, of a different compound to what they're using the rest of the weekend. Sounds like a whole bunch of extra cost and wear on the car to run around not learning much, unless maybe they have some aero measurements to take.

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