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.