Another New F1 Tyre Rule Proposed
The FIA is reportedly planning to impose an alternative to the controversial ‘red tyre rule’ during the 2007 Formula One season. Autosport magazine has reported that, in addition to the new regulation requiring drivers to race both the ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ compound tyres Bridgestone supplies for each Grand Prix event, teams could also be asked to publish their initial tyre choice.
The information would be published immediately after the start of the race in order to protect the secrecy of drivers’ race strategies, if the suggested proposal is implemented. It is believed that FIA delegate Charlie Whiting is the principal supporter of this new proposal.
The rule would eliminate the need for the ‘red tyre’ regulation as seen in Champ Car events, which is understood to have been disfavoured by the F1 teams because their rivals would be able to predict tyre strategy prior to the start of a race.