The FIA’s World Motor Sport Council has approved changes to F1’s rules regarding tyres and the Virtual Safety Car for 2016.
A major change to the tyre rules will see drivers given a choice from three different specifications of dry-weather tyre instead of two. However F1’s official tyre supplier Pirelli will still select two sets of tyres for the race, at least one of which must be used, and one set for use in Q3 only, which must be the softest available compound.
Drivers will still have to use two different types of dry-weather tyre in the race (if they do not use wets or intermediates) and one of these must be the type nominated by Pirelli.
The Virtual Safety Car may now be deployed in practice sessions. When it is used DRS will be available to drivers immediately afterwards, instead of after a two-lap delay as is the case with regular Safety Car periods.
The FIA also announced Emerson Fittipaldi has stood down as president of the Drivers’ Commission, to be replaced by Tom Kristensen. The sport’s governing body will also establish a new Hall of Fame.
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