Formula 1 drivers could be given fewer chances to set lap times under a future qualifying format which has been discussed, Williams’s Paddy Lowe has revealed.the planned banning of tyre warmers in 2021, when 18-inch wheels are due to be introduced.
“If [that] drives us towards tyres that have a much wider window to operate in, that could be a good thing,” he said.
“I know at the same time they are talking about moving qualifying perhaps to formats where there are [fewer] laps, more criticality around doing single laps. And again, if that’s around tyres that aren’t prepared with blankets that would drive us towards tyres with a wider window which I think would be a good thing for the sport.”
Formula 1 previously introduced a single-lap qualifying format in 2003. This was revised over subsequent seasons and eventually replaced, in 2006, by the three-part system which remains in use.
Banning tyre warmers has also “been debated many times”, Lowe added. He believes there are some advantages to keeping them.
“I quite like the spectacle of a grid with all the equipment, including tyre blankets,” he said. “I think that’s part of the impression that Formula One gives of being a very technical sport, the pinnacle of motor racing, so I would miss it from that point of view.”
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