Pirelli set to provide extra Friday tyres
16 April 2013 – Pirelli is closing in on a deal to provide teams running a rookie driver in the opening free practice session of a Grand Prix weekend with an extra set of tyres, theoretically providing sought-after mileage and increasing track activity at the same time.
At present, each outfit is allocated 11 sets of tyres for the duration of an event, with one set of Primes being used in the opening session and returned to Pirelli. With action mostly restricted to the final hour of the 90 minute outing, rookies are expected to be given another, more durable compound in addition to the normal set of harder tyres.
Although Pirelli says the proposal, which is the brainchild of Force India Deputy Team Principal Bob Fernley, has not yet been ratified by governing body the FIA, an agreement could be reached amongst teams ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix.
"For now the extra set of tyres for FP1 is only a proposal, which initially came from Bob Fernley at Force India, to give rookie drivers who run in FP1 more tyres and thus more running time," a Pirelli spokesperson explained to GPUpdate.net.
"Pirelli has agreed that in principal this is a good idea but from what we understand it needs the approval from all teams and the FIA. Should a decision be reached in Bahrain we could bring this additional set starting from Barcelona."
Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone sparked talk over the potential for extra tyres at the Chinese Grand Prix, outlining Barcelona as the ideal introductory round.