Pirelli considers letting F1 teams choose their tyre compound

9th September 2011

Formula One (F1) teams could be able to choose their tyre compound before each Grand Prix of the 2013 season.

Italian firm Pirelli currently supplies the tyres for the F1 campaign, bringing two predefined compounds to each race.

Under the present rules, Pirelli picks the best overall tyre choices for each event from its range of four dry-weather tyres but it is considering allowing teams to choose their own tyre compound.

Paul Hembery, Pirelli's motorsport director, said: "We have put forward some proposals, such as qualifying tyres and better usage of the tyre allocation than we have now.

"These conversations are geared towards 2013 and we may let the teams choose compounds, which is something we've done in the past in the World Rally Championship."

Earlier this month, Pirelli revealed that it plans to approach motor racing governing body FIA about limiting the number of tyres each team takes to a Grand Prix race. 

Posted by Danielle Barge