FIA proposes tyre rule revision

The FIA has sent out a summary of the proposed changes to the technical regulations from 2008 onwards to the teams and other involved parties, and has introduced a revision to the tyre rules. In the wake of Indianapolis, the governing body has ...

The FIA has sent out a summary of the proposed changes to the technical regulations from 2008 onwards to the teams and other involved parties, and has introduced a revision to the tyre rules. In the wake of Indianapolis, the governing body has included a provision for race stewards to allow a change of nominated tyre specification.

"If, in the opinion of the appointed tyre supplier and FIA technical delegate, the nominated tyre specification proves to be technically unsuitable, the stewards may authorise the use of additional tyres to a different specification," it states in the document.

Michelin discovered its nominated tyres were unsuitable at Indianapolis but could not change to a different specification under the current rules. The seven Michelin teams withdrew from the race, citing safety reasons, leaving the six Bridgestone-shod cars of the three other teams to go it alone.

The FIA also proposed that from 2008 a single tyre manufacturer would be chosen to supply all teams. Many people think that Michelin's future in F1 is uncertain due to the Indy troubles but the French manufacturer insists that it will continue in the sport, at least for the foreseeable future.

The full list of the proposed technical regulations and changes to the sport from 2008 can be found on the FIA website, www.fia.com

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