Tyre Allocations and Team Quota for 2011

teabagyokel

#dejavu
Valued Member
I would love to see some iffy tyres at every race in the future; can the FIA introduce a mandatory slow puncture rule to keep it interesting.
I think the iffy tyres are not the issue anyone is complaining about so much as the teams not having enough tyres to make a proper fist of Practice.

Anyway, we should at least give 2011 the same chance we gave 2010 (one race - read this tale of woe) and at least give the rules a chance.

You've got to experiment. Almost anything can work in theory. Only when you test it can you know for sure! Anyone who watched Virgin last year will understand that...!
 

Grizzly

Bear
Contributor
Back from the dead...

As much as i enjoyed seeing Mark Webbers drive from 18th in China, and Lewis' good strategy to save his tyres, there is now the possibility of this tactical move, not to come 18th, but to save tyres in quali, on a regular basis.

I don't 'think' this is what anyone wants. Driving from the back is one thing, but putting the car there on purpose is quite another and begins to undermine the weekend setup.

This article highlighted by Brogan, posted today by Ian Parkes and using CTA's data raises the same point.

If this has already been suggested then i apologise: We suggested in this thread that an extra set of tyres for FP1 would encourage more running, the very next day it was announced Pirelli would supply such, following the tyre development agreement worked out with Pirelli, the teams and the FIA prior to the season start.

Is there a possibility that the Q2 runners have an extra set of tyres, of their choice, with one set being handed back at the end of the session, then the Q3 runners again getting one extra set, with one set again to be handed back after the session? This would avoid the 'disadvantage' of having to use more sets of tyres the better you do in qualifying, avoid the tactic of sandbagging quali, and not allow any one person more tyres to choose from in the race. I won't get into the top ten start on the tyres used to set their fastest lap yet...

Any thoughts on this?
 

Brogan

🦶 Leg end
Staff Member
Sadly it would seem my fears, which I first raised last season once we were aware of the restrictions, have been confirmed.

I really hope the FIA review this situation and allow for an extra few sets otherwise qualifying sessions are going to lose all the excitement they had last season.
How many times in 2010 did we see the pole position swapping between drivers right up until the final second?
Now, both Red Bull drivers are out of their cars before the end of Q3 and some drivers don't even bother going out for a single run.

Sad.
 

Grizzly

Bear
Contributor
Looking back over this thread, it does feel great to be correct doesn't it :tea: and to avoid taking the bait at some others dismissal of your discussion.

Edited to hopefully avoid offence :embarrassed:
 

KekeTheKing

Banned
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How many times in 2010 did we see the pole position swapping between drivers right up until the final second?
There have absolutely been some thrilling Quali sessions over the last couple years, but quite often that became the highlight of the weekend.

If Red Bull want to go out right away in Q3, set a time, and then have a sandwich, I'm all for it. If they (Vettel) can set the pole position time in this manner, it speaks to the dominance of the car more than the negative aspects of the tire regulations.
 

Brogan

🦶 Leg end
Staff Member
Granted the Red Bull dominance has some to do with it.

But I have no doubt that if more sets of tyres were available, everyone would be out there putting in fast laps until the flag falls.
 

KekeTheKing

Banned
Supporter
But I have no doubt that if more sets of tyres were available, everyone would be out there putting in fast laps until the flag falls.
Hard to argue with that. I definitely wouldn't mind seeing Lewis out there in Q3 thrashing an extra set of Pirelli Super-Softs.
 

Chad Stewarthill

Champion Elect
Contributor
If Axle Tramp were to drive round the perimeters of a number of race tracks, the headline might be:
"Sir Kitts circuits circuits"
 
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