Schmidt's F1 blog: The tire madness

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V do not ask you to understand the new tire regulations. You will only get angry. About the inability of Formula 1 to write sensible rules. Even the Formula 1 veteran Pat Symonds admits: 'I tried to explain the tire rule in 250 words. It is not possible. A good idea was turned into a bad rule.'

Good idea, bad execution

What happened? Force India made the proposal in 2014 that each team should register their 2 tire compounds with Pirelli individually for each Grand Prix. That would reward or punish risky players, shake up the field a bit, make training and racing two different disciplines and definitely provide more topics of conversation.

That was a good idea. Of course, it was immediately rejected. The top teams were afraid that someone in midfield might benefit from it. Anything they cannot control is suspect to them. And Pirelli feared for its good reputation if one of the gamblers is in the pits for the first tire change after just 3 laps. A completely unfounded concern. The team would have the damage choosing tires that are too soft.

The tire regulations have been completely revised for the 2016 season.

Pirelli complicates tire regulations

To calm the mind, Pirelli offered the teams 3 of to provide a total of 5 mixes per race. But you mustn't believe that the teams can freely choose the mixes. Pirelli pre-sorts. And then there are very specific rules as to when you can use which compound.

The whole thing is so complicated that the 4 tire paragraphs under Article24 with the subtitles supply, quantity, control and deployment extend over 4 pages and a total of 30 individual points. Who should see through there? Didn't we want to make sport easier?

Are races even getting boring?

Symonds even fears that the Rule makes the races more boring. Because the top teams can possibly advance into Q3 with the second softest mixture and then start the race with it. With that, the hope dies that they will pit earlier for the first tire change.

The whole madness is once again the result of too much say by the teams and, in this case, Pirelli too. Every good proposal is broken down by questioners.


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