JUNE 12, 2002
The Formula 1 tire rules
THERE have been talks in recent weeks between the FIA and the two Formula 1 tire companies in an effort to work out how to keep lap times in check despite there being a highly-competition "tire war" between Bridgestone and Michelin. We understand that the tire companies were given a variety of choices to consider and both agreed that they would be happy to have racing without pit stops. They proposed this to the federation but we understand that the idea was rejected by Formula 1's commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone as he is worried that it would have a detrimental effect on the show being produced.
The next step is not clear but it possible that there could be a reduction of the number of tires available or a change in the number of grooves per tire.