Formula 1 will experience a new qualifying system in at most two of next year’s sessions. The changes take place in the sets of tires available on these weekends and the obligation for teams to use certain compounds during the 3 phases of qualifying.
The experience stems from the unanimous decision of the FIA Formula 1 Commission, meeting last week, which aims to reduce the number of tires used during the race weekend.
In practice, teams and riders will have to use Pirelli’s hard tire compound during Q1, the medium compound in Q2 and the soft tires only for Q3. If it rains, of course, any compound can be used.
After this year’s removal of the rule that required the top ten in qualifying to start the race with the tires with which they set the fastest time in Q2, teams are currently required to reserve a set of the softest compound for Q3, and this Compound is mandatory throughout qualifying when it’s a sprint race weekend.
The idea is to cut into two sets of dry tires on those two weekends that this experiment takes place, while nothing changes on the intermediate and wet tires.
Formula 1 and the FIA want to get real data on this possibility and as such, around this proposal they will try to carry out more experiments with the race weekend format in the medium term.
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