Pirelli has supplied an extra 17 front soft tyres for use in today’s race.
The FIA released the following statement:
“The stewards have received a report from the FIA Formula One technical delegate, that the official tyre supplier will deliver 17 new front dry-weather tyres of the option specification for possible use at this Event.
“This became necessary due to changeable weather conditions at Spa during qualifying which was outside the control of the tyre supplier.
“In accordance with Article 25.3 b) of the 2011 FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations the stewards accept this is a case of force majeure.”
The teams have had very little running on slick tyres this weekend due to the weather. Aside from the ten drivers who reached Q3, the only other time they were used was during second practice.
The top ten qualifiers are required to start the race on the tyres they set their fastest lap time. However, whereas normally they only do one flying lap on the tyres in qualifying, yesterday they did three or four as the track surface dried.
It remains to be seen which drivers will be allowed to use these extra tyres.
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