F1 plans 'live' tyre pressure policing in 2016

The FIA plans to introduce a system of live tyre pressure monitoring in Formula 1 next year as part of a move to ensure teams do not find ways around current limits, Motorsport.com can reveal.

F1 plans 'live' tyre pressure policing in 2016
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In response to increased car performance, and issues that came up after the tyre failures at the Belgian Grand Prix, Pirelli has been stricter in asking the FIA to enforce minimum pressure limits.

This led to some controversy at the Italian Grand Prix when Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were investigated after the race when their tyres were found to be under the minimum pressure on the grid.

Tyres pressures are currently only measured manually shortly before they are fitted to the car, and that has prompted fears that teams could be finding ways of reducing the level between the checks and when the car gets out on track for better performance.

It also means there is no way of the FIA reacting quickly when problems are highlighted as cars will often be out on track before a problem with the pressures has come to light.

Live network

To alleviate this, the FIA and Pirelli have been working on a system of live network data that will ensure the governing body is aware of tyre pressures on the car at all times.

This would mean there was better policing of the situation, and put teams at risk of having cars called back to the pits immediately if the pressures were found to be too low.

It is hoped that the system will be advanced enough to be trialled later on this season prior to a full introduction in 2016.

Wider scope

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery has welcomed the idea, and thinks it is one that could be used for other motor racing categories too.

"We think that it is a tremendous initiative and it is something we would like to find a solution for across many categories of motorsport," he told Motorsport.com.

"For any tyre maker it is an area you are concerned with, because people can do things in chasing performance and put you in a situation you don't want to be in.

"There will be applications for it across other forms of motorsport and it is one that makes a lot of sense because in roads cars there is now a requirement for tyre pressure monitoring."

No evidence of abuse

Although welcoming the efforts being made to introduce the system, Hembery said there was no proof that teams had been deliberately trying to break the current rules.

However, he said that having live data of what they were up to would get rid of all suspicion

"We don't have indications of anything that hasn't been done correctly but it takes away an area of grey," he said. "It means we know everybody is operating in the same way."

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