F1 chiefs to debate altering tyre regulations

2nd November 2011

Formula One (F1) officials are set to debate the merits of altering tyre regulations for qualifying this week, it has been revealed.

Autosport has reported that F1 chiefs will consider increasing the allocation of tyres for the final round of qualifying at the F1 Commission meeting in Geneva on Thursday (November 3rd).

Critics have argued that the qualifying sessions have been ruined for spectators as some teams choose not to run in Q3 as they want to keep their tyres fresh for the race.

Pirelli's director of motorsport Paul Hembery revealed that the decision to debate the issue has not been sparked by the firm, with Pirelli recently having a productive meeting with F1 teams.

He told the news provider: "We had a good collaborative meeting with the teams, and at the moment their opinion is that there is nothing wrong with Q3.

"They feel it adds a strategic element to Q3. Plus, with teams battling in that mid-ground there, the margins are very fine and they feel that it is a new element of qualifying."

The next F1 race is due to be held in Abu Dhabi before the season culminates in Brazil.

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Posted by Danielle Barge