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“Wild card” teams pick their own tyres from 2016 F1

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“Wild card” teams pick their own tyres from 2016 F1
Following last month meeting, Strategy Group confirmed that the target was to produce faster and more impressive cars from 2017 onward with a return to refuelling among the key steps.

This week’s Silverstone, Strategy Group meeting was the next step on that lane, F1 tyre provider Pirelli has accept the F1 Strategy Group’s move to free up the tyre rules from 2016. While the facts have yet to be finalized, a move is planned towards ‘wild cards’ – teams will now be able to make their own choice from the tire range at certain events.

Last May, Force India’s Chief Operating Officer Otmar Szafnauer suggested that, teams’ wants to pick their own tyre compounds for each Grand Prix.

Currently Pirelli nominate two of their four dry compounds for each race, with the choices made clear to the watching audience thanks to colour-coded logos.

F1 paddock veteran Adam Cooper explained that, The rider is that Pirelli won’t allow that at some of the faster tracks, notably Monza, where there are safety concerns. The suggestion is that on the say 14-15 tracks where choice is free teams will have four wildcards to play, ie they will be able to make their own choice four times. Given the time scale to make and ship tires this will be done months in advance, and possible at the start of the season.

“It’s around that area, the idea is to have certain wild card events and certain block-out events where it just wouldn’t be advisable due to safety reasons. Pirelli boss Paul Hembery told Adam Cooper, a known and respected motorsport journalist.

“I don’t think we’ve got the final situation yet, but we’re getting closer to a solution that the teams are looking for, gives the sport what it needs, and allows us to maintain a level of safety on the choices that are made.”

“There are a couple of proposals being refined. A lot of it has been chopped and changed and consolidated. We’ve got a bit of time yet, it probably needs to be September time before we refine it. A couple of new ideas have come out in the last 24 hours that are even more interesting.

“But it’s all going in the same direction, to give the idea of some choice, and to allow flexibility for the teams while giving a guarantee that the race can be run because they’ve got a product that can do the race distance.”

As part of the change Pirelli wants to have an extra tyre in the range, known variously as an ‘ultra soft’ or ‘super super soft.’

“One little step next year might be a super super soft,’ technically speaking a supersoft for the Monaco or possibly Singapore that goes one step further than what we have at the moment.”

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