meeting in Paris, yesterday, the FIA World Motor Sport Council formally
approved the new 2016 Tyre Regulations for Formula One.
* The new
regulations will apply only to the slick tyres. The rules regarding
intermediate and wet tyres remain unchanged.
* With the introduction of the new ultrasoft compound (which uses purple
markings) the total number of slick compounds rises to five.
Pre-Race Tyre Nominations and Preparations:
consultation with the FIA, Pirelli will decide in advance which three
compounds can be used at each race, and communicate this information to the
* The total number of sets that can be used during practice, qualifying and
racing remains the same as it is currently: 13.
* Pirelli will nominate two mandatory race sets for each car. Furthermore,
one set of the softer compound will have to be kept for use in Q3 only.
* The two mandatory sets chosen by Pirelli can be of two different
compounds, from the three that have been nominated for the race weekend.
These sets will obviously be identical for each team.
* The remaining 10 sets can be chosen by each team, from the three compounds
nominated for the race weekend.
* The teams will make their choices within a deadline set by Pirelli. They
will communicate their choices to the FIA, which will in turn tell Pirelli
how many tyres to produce. The choices for each car will remain secret until
2 weeks before the race. If a team does not meet the deadline, the choice
will be made by the FIA.
* Once the choices for each car have been made, the FIA will continue to
assign the tyres randomly via a barcode, as is the case currently.
* The choices made by each team can vary for each of its cars: so each
driver within a team can have a different allocation.
* The tyres will be distinguished by different coloured markings on the
sidewalls, as is currently the case.
During the Race:
* Teams will
still have to give back tyres according to a certain schedule, but they can
decide which tyres to give back at the following times:
- One set after the first 40 minutes of FP1
- One set at the end of FP1
- Two sets at the end of FP2
- Two sets at the end of FP3
* The two mandatory sets nominated by Pirelli cannot be given back during
practice and must be available for use in the race. At least one of these
two sets must be used during the race – but the teams can decide which one.
* The top 10 at the end of qualifying will still have to give back the set
of the softer compound nominated for Q3, and start the race on the tyres
with which they set their fastest time in Q2 (the same rule as is the case
currently). All other drivers will be able to use the set that is saved for
Q3 during the race.