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Would extra tyres, reserve drivers boost action?

23 March 2013


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, β€œIs 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.


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