By Alex Kapadia
Formula 1 teams have approved a rule change that will force the top ten starters to begin the race on the same tyres they set their best qualifying lap on.
The new move is aimed at adding a strategic element to the qualifying and open up the potential for overtaking over the course of a race.
The matter was discussed at a meeting of the F1 Commission in Paris on Monday, and it was agreed that there should be a regulation change for all the Q3 drivers to start the race on their qualifying tyres.
A statement issued by the FIA on Tuesday said: “In order to introduce a further element of strategy, cars having participated in Q3 must start the race on the same set of tyres with which their grid time was set.”
The F1 Commission also approved a reduction in the number of dry weather tyre sets allocated to each team – reducing it from 14 down to 11.
Furthermore, in order to encourage teams to run on Fridays, one set of these must be returned before the start of second practice, and two sets before the start of third practice.
The teams also agreed changes to the points structure. The International Automobile Federation (FIA) confirmed today that the new points system will see the top 10 rewarded in a 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 sequence to encourage what it called “the race to win.”
The measures will be submitted to the World Motor Sport Council for final approval within 48 hours, although that can usually be taken for granted.