Three Sets of Tyres for a Formula One weekend?
The online service “f1total.com” has reported that as of next season Formula One drivers will no longer be allowed to use more than three sets of tyres per racing weekend. It has also said, that both the qualifying heat and the race would then have to be performed on the same set of tyres.
The reduced grip of the tyres, a result of these measures, is expected to lead to an increased number of driving faults and longer braking distances. On top of this if drivers are prevented from changing their tyres during pit stops, the number of take-over manoeuvres could increase.
“Currently, when a driver re-enters the track after a pit stop the higher grip of his new tyres guarantee that he – although sitting in a heavier car after refuelling – can keep his competitors behind him. With a heavier car and worn tyres this will be much more difficult,” said Sam Michael, technical director of the BMW Williams Formula One team, quoted by “f1total.”