Pirelli is apparently thinking of reintroducing some super SUPER soft tires that are good for only one flying lap during qualifying. Formula One has had qualifying spec tires in the past, most recently during the 1991 season, and they were in the sport mainly because there was a tire war going on at that time between the various tire manufacturers and each wanted their tires to be on pole position. Pirelli say that the qualifying spec tire would add to the show and be a no holds barred, perfect lap tire to add to the spectacle of qualifying and would be up to two seconds a lap quicker than the softest tire they currently have. They also think it could be a solution to the problem of drivers staying in the pits during Q3 and not even setting a time so that they have a fresh set of tires during the race. However, I have to agree once again with Bernie (this agreeing with him is getting a little out of hand recently) in that, if the sport wants the drivers to be out during Q3, maybe the supplier should bring more sets of tires for them to use. This way, the drivers could do more laps for the fans and for set up purposes and still be able to have a fresh set or two for the race itself. I don’t think that we need that one shot qualifying like we had in the past. Most everyone agrees that one shot, one lap qualifying was stupid, and that’s what is going to happen if you introduce these tires to the Formula One field. Leave qualifying how it is Pirelli, and just bring more tires!
Qualifying Spec Only Tires?
Posted on August 12, 2011