Teams to get harder set of tyres from Spain

Teams will receive one extra set of tyres, but top teams do not agree with a statement that it only can be run by rookies or third drivers.

Apr.21 (GMM) F1 teams will get an extra set of tyres in Barcelona and beyond to spice up the early practice action on Fridays.

The original idea, designed to spice up the often quiet running at the start of a race weekend, was to allow the teams to get the harder and therefore more durable tyres only if they pledged to run a rookie or reserve driver.

Paul Hembery, Pirelli Motorsport Director on the grid
Paul Hembery, Pirelli Motorsport Director on the grid

Photo by: XPB Images

The top teams, however, did not agree.

"Yes, extra set on Friday, but not only for rookies but for everyone," said Ferrari's Stefano Domenicali earlier this weekend.

Agreed Lotus' Eric Boullier: "I have to say I do share that opinion -- an extra set of tyres, yes, we need to just make sure that we could maybe run it for everybody and not only for rookie drivers."

Pirelli's Paul Hembery hinted in Bahrain on Sunday that an alternate agreement will indeed be reached.

"I think the common agreement will probably end up being that they (the teams) have to run this (extra) set within FP1 (first practice), within the first 30 minutes, which is good for the fans and television," he told Reuters.

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