It looks like Pirelli and F1 officials are edging closer to putting the brakes on the qualifying ‘trick’ teams are using to preserve fresh tyres for the race.
According to reports in the international press, Paul Hembery, head of motorsport for the Italian tyres manufacturer and F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone made noises about stopping drivers from restricting their runs in qualifying so that they go into the race with fresh rubber.
Hembery revealed in an interview with Spanish sports newspaper, AS, this week: “It true we need to stop that little trick.”
He has even confirmed on Twitter that qualifying tyres could be one way to get around the issue, noting that quali tyres could be worth up to 2 seconds a lap compared to the current super softs.
“[We are having] many discussions [including a qualifying tyre and increasing the number of tyres available from 11 to 13]. [But in the end] teams decide, not us,” Hembery stated when asked about the issue.
Meanwhile, Ecclestone added that while Pirelli has done an ‘incredible job’ this year, what happens in qualifying is now a concern.
“The solution for that is very simple [though]. We need to provide more sets of tyres to the drivers,” Ecclestone added in a separate report in Italy ‘paper Gazzetta dello Sport.
Alex Kapadia, Head Office