I have always held a special place in my heart for Formula One racing. It is really one of the wildest spectator sports out there. They also have so of the wildest rules in any sport. F1 struggled from teams with limitless budgets for years, you can think back to when the winners were either in a Ferrari, or a Mclaren Mercedes in the 1990s. So they took some very active steps to create a very even playing field. Today we will look at just how the tyres have been limited. In the weeks to follow I will break down some of the other rules F1 has established over the last few years. Formula One features a single tyre supplier (Pirelli) all teams use identical tyres. At each Grand Prix each team is given access to two different dry weather tyres. Drivers must use both types of tyres during the race. The different compounds can be recognized by the colours on the sidewall. Red – super soft, Yellow – soft, White – medium, and Silver indicating hard. Over the race weekend the driver has access to eleven sets of dry weather tyres, Six harder options, and five softer options, four sets of intermediate tyres and three sets of wet tyres. This is just the beginning of the strange rules. During Friday’s first and second practice sessions the drivers are only allowed to use three sets of dry weather tyres, (two hard, one soft) and one set must be returned to Pirelli before Practice Two, and one set of each tyres compound must be returned for testing before the start of practice three. They will then allocate eight sets of dry weather tyres four sets of both the soft, and hard compounds for the remainder of the race weekend. But, one set of each compound must be returned before the start of Saturday’s qualifying session. At the start of the race the cars that took part in qualifying three must be fitted with the tyres the driver used to set the grid time. So if that wasn’t confusing enough. At certain events teams will be given an extra set of tyres for use in practice for evaluation purposes. Teams will be given at least a week’s notice when this will occur. Teams are free to use wet tyres if they see fit during qualifying and the race. They may only use wet tyres during practice if the track has been declared wet by the race director. If a race is started behind the safety car due to heavy rain wet tyres are compulsory. Wet tyres are denoted by orange and light blue sidewalls. All tyres are given bar codes at the start of the weekend so they can closely monitor their use and ensure that no team is breaking the regulations. If a driver fails to follow these rules that can be excluded from the results, if the race is suspended and can’t be restarted, thirty seconds will be added to the elapsed race time of any driver that has yet to use both compounds. wow… and thats just the tyres…



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