A pair of potential regulation changes could have a major effect on Formula One race days, if they are accepted by the F1 commission and the World Motorsport Council.
As first reported by Autosport, the new proposed regulations – which according to them have been “tabled for discussion” at next month’s F1 Strategy Group meeting – include the provision that each driver must stop at least twice for new tires during the race.
Additionally, drivers would not be allowed to race the “prime” tires for more than half of the race distance, and the “option” tires for more than 30 percent of the race distance.
The obvious consequence from both proposed rules would be a reduced emphasis on tire strategy for teams, and that could mean more full-throttle racing instead of drivers simply running around trying to stretch out their Pirellis.
On the other hand, you get the sense of micro-management with these rules, which goes against racing’s inherent “anything can happen” nature. The rules would also potentially put the teams in a tougher spot by giving them less ideas to choose from.
This wouldn’t be the first time F1 tried their luck with pit stop and tire regulations. In 2010, it was mandated that the top ten drivers on the grid must start each race on the same tires they qualified on.
Additionally, three years earlier in 2007, new rules at the time compelled drivers to start using both tire compounds in each race.
Lewis Hamilton and Sebastien Vettel are the two most decorated drivers currently on the Formula 1 grid, with seven World Championships between them (four for Vettel, and three for Hamilton).
However, their paths have rarely crossed on the track, and only in 2010 did both drivers battle each for a World Championship in the same year. They also battled Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber that year, with Vettel emerging on top to claim his first World Championship.
However, the 2017 season sees Hamilton and Vettel in the two best cars on the grid, and they have gone head-to-head multiple times already this year, with each claiming two victories through the first five races. Currently, Vettel leads Hamilton 104-98 in the world championship, and the two men are developing a strong on-track rivalry.
Monaco Grand Prix coverage continues with FP3 and qualifying on Saturday. Full times are linked here.
In Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, we take you behind the scenes during F1 superstar Fernando Alonso’s qualifying runs for the Indy 500, including when he was on the pole for a brief period. He’ll eventually start fifth.
On Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, Parker Kligerman and his backseat driver, Kyle Petty, took to the iRacing simulator to make a mock run around Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.
They look at the challenges of IMS, as well as the challenges two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso will face in the first oval track race in his illustrious career. Alonso is among the favorites in the race and will take the green flag from the middle of Row 2 (fifth position).
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Sunday is the biggest day of the year in motorsports, starting in the morning with Formula 1’s legendary Monaco Grand Prix.
Then, at Noon ET, it’s the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The final part of the tripleheader of racing is NASCAR’s longest race of the season, the 400-lap, 600-mile Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Newly-named NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018 inductee Ken Squier gives you a great primer for what promises to be a memorable day around the world (see video above).