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Pirelli say F1 teams happy to continue with fixed tyre allocations for 2022

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It’s not just the cars that are changing for 2022, but also the tyres, with Formula 1 suppliers Pirelli, who celebrate their 150th anniversary today, rolling out larger 18-inch tires for the season. However, what will not change this year is the ability to choose compounds for the weekend.

In 2019, teams could choose how many of each compound their drivers would receive during a weekend. For example, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton took one set of hard, four medium and eight soft compounds each for the 2019 German Grand Prix, while Sebastian Vettel had one set of hard, three medium and nine soft compounds.

When the global pandemic hit in 2020, the teams agreed that Pirelli would set the allowances for them, meaning each driver had the same amount of each compound. Head of F1 and Supplier Motorsports Mario Isola explained why that rule did not change for 2021.

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He said: “We had to find this [fixed tire allocation] solution for the pandemic, to [have] a quicker reaction, but then the teams came back to tell us ‘actually this system is quite good, we want to keep it for the future.’

“It was not our decision in the end to continue with this fixed allocation; the teams told us that if they have a fixed allocation and it is the same for everyone, so there is no advantage for one or the other, they can start planning this fixed allocation.

“Instead of spending time and resources and people to think about one more set of mediums or one less set of softs, they have that assignment, they have to fix this, so in 2020 they said, ‘We want to continue for 2021.'” .

Formula 1 2021: November tests in Abu Dhabi
A closer look at the new-for-2022 18-inch tires
Isola concluded that Pirelli will therefore continue to decide the team allocation in 2022, with 18-inch tires up for grabs this season, but there is room to change the rule next season.

“In 2021, with a new product for 2022, no one was confident in deciding the compound breakdown, and so they wanted to continue. I don’t know if they want to change in 2023 but, for now, this is the answer”, concluded Isola.

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