Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says proposals to introduce a new fourth round to qualifying sessions in the 2020 F1 season must not be “change for the sake of change”.could be agreed by the end of this month. However there are concerns the restriction on tyre supply could present a problem for some teams.
RaceFans asked Horner and Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto in Bahrain for their opinion of the proposed change. Horner said his team are “running the numbers” and agreed tyre allocations are a potential sticking point.
“It feels like we’re a little bit short on tyres at a first look at that four sets in qualifying,” he said.
“I think with anything like that what you have to understand is what you don’t want to end up is with cars not running in Q4 because they’ve not got enough tyres left,” Horner explained. “Are there enough tyres to support the initiative.
“We’re open to any ideas but I think you have to really do your homework to make sure that we don’t just change for the sake of change,” he added. “What is the purpose of the change, and change for something better.”
However Binotto believes the new rules can be introduced without creating unwanted side-effects.
“We already started the simulations so it’s something which we are working [on]. We discussed that as well in London [in the March 26th meeting], we discussed it again this weekend.
“So I think that yes we are positive by the time the simulation are done properly and we are sure we are not introducing any problems, any issues. Now we are expecting the latest wording, what’s the proposed format, and then go through it.”
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