By Alex Kapadia
Pirelli could be set to begin supplying special ‘qualifying tyres’ to Formula One teams from next year.
The news comes in the wake of criticism of this seasons tyres, which seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher has likened to driving on ‘raw eggs’.
With the emphasis of the sport’s spectacle now relying on the complex and heavily degrading control tyres, it was the qualifying session that suffered last weekend in Barcelona.
The teams took an exceedingly strategic view of the fight for pole position during qualifying, with some drivers sitting out the decisive ‘Q3’ runout altogether.
One solution, according to Pirelli’s chairman Marco Tronchetti Provera, is the return of ‘qualifying tyres’.
Tronchetti defended his marque’s approach in an interview with Italian radio Rai GR Parlamento.
He said: “What we have is many competitive cars, which is what the teams wanted – opportunity for everyone who is able to win.
“So it’s fine if someone complains. We are available to the teams. We are ready to make qualifying tyres tomorrow.
“But they are choices that are not ours.”