At this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, qualifying will look somewhat totally different on Saturday, and tyre utilization will likely be rather a lot totally different than what followers are used to seeing every week.
Components 1, at the side of Pirelli, is constant a take a look at of guidelines relating to what tyre compounds groups can use throughout every section of qualifying. Titled “Various Tyre Allocation” (ATA), groups now see their whole quantity of slick tyre compounds for the weekend diminished from 13 to 11. These will likely be divided into three exhausting tyres, 4 medium tyres, and 4 mushy tyres.
Throughout qualifying, groups are restricted in what compounds they’ll use in dry circumstances. Groups are required to make use of the exhausting compound throughout Q1, the medium compound throughout Q2, and at last they’ll use the softs throughout Q3.
If race officers deem observe circumstances to be “moist,” groups have their selection of compounds.
F1 was going to check this format on the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix in Could, however flooding within the area pressured the cancelation of that race. That pushed again the debut of this format to the Hungarian Grand Prix in July.
Forward of the race at Imola in Could, Pirelli Motorsport Director Mario Isola outlined how the brand new guidelines have been an effort in direction of F1’s objectives relating to sustainability.
“At Imola we will likely be testing a brand new regulation that requires groups to make use of a distinct sort of compound for every of the three periods, with the hards fitted for Q1, the mediums for Q2, and the softs for Q3,” mentioned Pirelli Motorsport Director Mario Isola. “This implies a discount – from 13 to 11 – of the units of dry tyres that every driver has out there for the complete occasion, due to this fact reducing the environmental influence generated by the manufacturing and transport of the tyres.”
As for a way the format impacted qualifying on the Hungarian Grand Prix, there are some who imagine that the principles led to George Russell’s stunning exit in Q1. In the course of the first qualifying session groups are required to make use of the exhausting compound. Russell was in search of a powerful lap within the closing minutes of Q1, however was caught up in site visitors and couldn’t ship.
“Q1 was total messy, not just for us however for a lot of others. So many automobiles on a single piece of observe. We put them within the incorrect place,” mentioned Mercedes Workforce Principal Toto Wolff on the time.
“The primary run was already compromised then everybody bunching up within the final nook was removed from best,” added Wolff. “There isn’t any code between the drivers as a result of he was overtaken by three automobiles between Flip 13 and 14. That clearly utterly screws your final lap. However we have to take it on us that we didn’t put him in a greater place.”
As for Russell, he pointed to the discount in observe working beneath the ATA as an issue, a sentiment echoed by different drivers.
“I feel for qualifying it’s good however with the dearth of working in FP1 and FP2,” he mentioned. “It’s worse for the followers, and we have to discover a higher resolution as a result of the followers pay some huge cash to come back and watch on Friday, Saturday, Sunday,” mentioned the Mercedes driver.
“If we’re doing solely 60% of the laps in comparison with what we used to do, they’re getting much less for his or her cash, so we have to discover a higher resolution.”
Nevertheless, the grid heads to Monza with the ATA system in place, so now we wait to see if it has any influence on the motion this weekend.