Four years ago the FIA introduced a rule requiring drivers to use two different sets of tyre compounds during a race.
The rule was devised to keep some interest in tyres as Bridgestone became F1’s sole tyre supplier.
After 71 races with it, has the rule been a success? Will it still be needed in the new Pirelli era?
Requiring drivers to use both types of tyre during a race weekend adds to the challenge. They have to find a set-up which works for both tyres.
That adds a further tactical dimension to the races, particularly when one tyre is poorly suited to the track.
The rule effectively forces drivers to make at least one pit stop in dry races. This restricts their strategic options, as no-one is able to gamble on making it through a race on a single set of tyres.
It can lead to contrived, artificial strategies. At Monza last year Sebastian Vettel postponed his tyre stop until the last lap.
The rule is a needless complication which makes the sport less about straightforward racing and more about satisfying the arbitrary demands of the rulemakers.
With Pirelli supplying tyres whose performance will degrade more quickly than Bridgestone’s did, it should become even more apparent that this rule is unnecessary.
Hopefully it will be dropped, along with the “top ten qualifiers must start on the tyres they qualified on” rule as well.
Should the ‘mandatory pit stop’ rule be kept or dropped?
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