By Alex Kapadia
Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn has backed the decision to force Formula 1 drivers who make it into the top 10 qualifying shoot-out to start the race on the tyres they use in qualifying.
The new tyres ruling is aimed at adding an awkward strategy dilemma for the teams and ultimately make the sport more exciting to watch.
The teams will have to chose between using soft tyres in qualifying to get a good grid position, but potentially compromise their race pace when those tyres go off early.
Or they can opt for the harder, more durable tyres that will make them qualify lower down the grid but in better shape in the race.
However, there remains a concern that there will be fewer pit stops, and therefore more predictable races, than in 2009 because the ideal strategy following the banning of in-race refuelling is most often likely to be to make only one stop for tyres.
Brawn admitted that he was “a little bit concerned about how the race strategies will work out” but said the teams had ultimately decided not to go through with a proposal to force drivers to make two tyre stops.
“There was mixed opinion on that,” he said.
“The teams feel we should see how the racing goes and if we find we’re not putting on the show we want, we’ll have to reconsider.