By Alex Kapadia
Pirelli has paved the way for the return of qualifying tyres to the world of Formula One after it revealed it has offered the teams the chance to bring the short-life rubber back to the sport, according to a report in AUTOSPORT magazine.
Qualifying tyres disappeared from grand prix racing after the 1991 season, when both Pirelli and Goodyear supplied the field with very grippy rubber that performed at its peak during a single flying lap.
However, the FIA banned that sort of tyres after Pirelli’s withdrawal from the sport, when only Goodyear was left to supply the teams.
But Paul Hembery, motorsport director for Pirelli, told AUTOSPORT that it has offered the teams the opportunity to bring the tyres back next year and is waiting for their thoughts about the idea.
“We’ve put the idea of qualifying tyres to the teams and we will get their feedback,” said Hembery. “If they don’t want to do it, we won’t do it.
“It might be a step too far next year and too much for the teams to take on board, but it’s something that we have offered.”