Formula One tire manufacturer Pirelli has offered to supply an additional set of tires for teams that run rookie drivers in Friday morning practice sessions.
Under the proposal, this extra set would be built to the same construction as the race rubber but feature a more durable compound. That means rookies would be able to increase their track time by running on both the extra set and the standard set. If accepted, the plan would go into effect at the Spanish Grand Prix in May.
According to Autosport’s Edd Straw, the proposal is slated to be discussed amongst the teams and F1 race director Charlie Whiting, and that Pirelli’s motorsport director, Paul Hembery, is hopeful that a decision on the matter will come down as early as next weekend in Bahrain. Hembery believes that the extra tires can accomplish two tasks: Spicing up the first practice of the weekend and further rookie drivers’ development.
“[Formula One supremo] Bernie [Ecclestone] was keen to get people running for the TV cameras, and it also allows us to do something for the younger drivers,” Hembery told Autosport. “It will help the transition from either GP2 or World Series [Formula Renault 3.5] into F1.”