By Alex Kapadia
Pirelli is expected to call for the qualifying rules for Formula One to be altered after teams have been exploiting a loophole in order to preserve tyres for the actual race.
The slight tweak to the regulations would effectively prevent drivers from being tempted to not run in qualifying in a bid to save tyres.
Teams are limited to just six sets of tyres for qualifying and the race, however some have limited their running on Saturday to ensure that they keep fresh sets of rubber for Sunday.
Now, amid fears that there could be circumstances where drivers choose not to do any running at all in Q3, the Italian tyres manufacture has asked the teams to consider modifying the rules.
Paul Hembery, director of motorsport for Pirelli, said: “We are talking with the teams about the regulations.
“At the moment if you don’t set a time, for example in Q3, then you are able to choose the tyres that you start on. It means people could be saving a set of tyres because then they would be better off in the race.
“I’ve made a suggestion to put to the Sporting Working Group to say that actually in those circumstances, you should be made to use your Q2 tyres in that situation, so there is no advantage from not setting a time.”
Hembery said the matter had been discussed in the Formula 1 Commission meeting earlier this week, and that it was now likely to go through the Sporting Working Group for an official vote.