Two mandatory pitstops, tire distance limits proposed for 2014 F1 season

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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.

Kanaan, Dixon to rejoin Chip Ganassi Le Mans effort

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Both Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan will be rejoining Ford Chip Ganassi Racing as part of their four-car armada at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans, the team revealed late last week. Both drivers contested the event last year, with Dixon in the No. 69 entry – finishing seventh in the GTE Pro class – while Kanaan replaced an injured Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 68 – finishing sixth in GTE Pro.

For Kanaan, this also represents a return to the Chip Ganassi organization, with which he contested the Verizon IndyCar Series from 2014 to 2017 before departing for A.J. Foyt Racing in 2018.

Kanaan will join Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell in the No. 67, while Dixon will reunite with Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook, the three drivers having won the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, in the No. 69.

Stefan Mücke, Olivier Pla, and Billy Johnson will share the No. 66 entry, with Joey Hand, Dirk Müller, and Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 68.

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