A proposal to get rid of the Q3 tyre rule was abandoned this week as F1 teams rejected the idea. The rule, which inevitably led to some drivers opting to not race at all in the second round qualifier, will remain standard practice in the motor sport for the duration of this season at least. Any rule changes must be unanimous. This proposal was dropped as most teams were not on board.
What Is the Q3 Tyre Rule?
At each weekend, every team is allocated three sets of wet tyres, four sets of intermediate tyres and thirteen sets of dry tyres. Assuming that very wet weather does not make the use of wet tyres compulsory, the top ten teams going into the third round of qualifiers must use the old and used tyres that they raced with in the second qualifying round. Put simply, Q2 tyres must be carried forward into Q3.
Effects of the Q3 Tyre Rule
In the years since 2014 and the introduction of this rule, some teams have circumnavigated the potentially tricky use of older tyres in the third round by not racing the second qualifying round at all. This means that for the third race, they are free to choose their own tyres.
Why Might Teams Want to Keep the Q3 Rule?
The right or wrong choice of tyres can make or break a race for a team. Being able to ensure choice of tyre gives a team an advantage over teams that are having to race on old tyres that are perhaps not entirely suited to that day’s racing conditions. The fans in the F1 Paddock Club will have to wait and see if the Q3 rule gets overturned next racing season. Formula 1 is still an unmissable event for fans. The sport continues to offer great packages for fans. Experiences from companies like F1 Paddock Club mean more and more fans are flocking to each race.
Teams and fans alike will likely have to come up against the plans to scrap the Q3 rule again – more than likely between this season and the next. What the outcome will be we cannot know. What we do know is that Formula 1 continues to push motor sport ingenuity and technology to the limit.