Plans for revised tyre rules in 2016 remain in limbo after the F1 teams were unable to decide on the details in a meeting on Thursday night.
The subject was discussed by the team managers and the FIA at a gathering of the Sporting Working Committee, where the other key item on the agenda was refuelling (see separate story).
The original proposal, put forward by Force India, was for teams to be allowed to chose in advance which of the four tyre compounds they want to use each race weekend. Several more detailed plans were presented in the meeting, including versions proposed by Pirelli, Red Bull, Mercedes and McLaren.
Among the ideas discussed were having as many as six compounds, three compounds in use per weekend, drivers not starting on the tyres that they qualified with, and a ‘joker’ system that allows teams to select their own tyres four or five times a year.
As noted previously Pirelli is concerned about teams choosing an extreme compound, experiencing problems and then blaming the tyre supplier for any shortcomings. The Italian company made that clear when summing up the aims of its own proposal, saying that any plan should “not jeopardise safety or the tyre supplier reputation,” while at the same time “providing more and better publicity for the tyre supplier, making the tyre choice and tyre usage a talking point before and during the race weekend.”
Pirelli also gave some idea of the logistics involved by suggesting that teams choose their tyres for the first races of the season as early as November of the previous year, and then make their selections for the latter part of the season in April.