Return to 2018 Formula 1 tyres ruled out for now in key meeting

The 10 Formula 1 teams were split 50:50 in a vote on potentially returning to 2018 tyres in the crucial meeting in Austria, meaning there will be no immediate changes

Return to 2018 Formula 1 tyres ruled out for now in key meeting

The rules require seven teams to support a change to the tyre specification and, as expected, there was no majority in favour in the meeting held ahead of Friday practice at the Red Bull Ring.

It is understood that the FIA will use Friday's discussion to create a document for further consideration, although it appears unlikely that a full return to 2018 tyres will ultimately be agreed.

The meeting was the first formal discussion about the proposal to return to the thicker treaded tyres used last season that has been pushed by Red Bull Racing and Christian Horner.

All team bosses were present, along with Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko, plus Ross Brawn on behalf of the F1 organisation, the FIA's technical boss Nikolas Tombazis, and Pirelli's Mario Isola.

The drivers were represented by Grand Prix Drivers' Association chairman Alex Wurz, along with his fellow directors Romain Grosjean and Sebastian Vettel. Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc were also present.

The discussion allowed all parties to put their views across. Pirelli stressed the safety aspects, pointing out that this year's thinner tread was introduced to stop blistering and chunking. Isola also noted that a change of tread thickness would still entail a small operating window.

Sources said that it was a generally positive discussion, with teams agreeing that a wider operating window with less degradation would be desirable, and that those with less downforce should not be penalised by an inability to get their tyres working.

In the vote on the main proposal Red Bull and Ferrari - joined by their associated teams Toro Rosso, Haas and Alfa Romeo - were in favour of a return to 2018, although some sources said Alfa team principal Fred Vasseur indicated that he did not have a clear cut view.

Mercedes, McLaren, Williams, Renault and Racing Point all voted against the change.

One suggestion was that 2020 tyres should be tested on Fridays of race weekends this year, if production schedules allowed, but no firm decisions were taken.

shares
comments
The drivers' manifesto to fix Formula 1 for 2021
Previous article

The drivers' manifesto to fix Formula 1 for 2021

Next article

Bottas back to old-spec Mercedes F1 engine in Austrian GP practice

Bottas back to old-spec Mercedes F1 engine in Austrian GP practice
How Tyrrell’s post-Stewart era descended into a fight to survive Plus

How Tyrrell’s post-Stewart era descended into a fight to survive

Glory days for Tyrrell became increasingly infrequent
 after Jackie Stewart’s retirement. But in the latest instalment of his history of the team for Autosport's sister title GP Racing, 
MAURICE HAMILTON recalls how Ken Tyrrell’s plucky and defiantly small team stayed bold enough to innovate – springing a surprise with F1’s first six-wheeled car

The forgettable final car of a former F1 giant that gave Damon Hill his start Plus

The forgettable final car of a former F1 giant that gave Damon Hill his start

While it launched the F1 career 
of a future world champion, STUART CODLING recalls that the BT60 was also the final nail in the coffin of a once-great marque 30 years ago. Here is its story

Formula 1
Dec 5, 2022
How departing F1 boss Brawn views F1’s new rules - and the future Plus

How departing F1 boss Brawn views F1’s new rules - and the future

Multiple-title-winning designer and team boss Ross Brawn is finally leaving Formula 1 after nearly 50 years in motorsport. But he still has plenty of insights on what’s working and what comes next, as he revealed to Autosport in a far-reaching exclusive interview in Abu Dhabi

Formula 1
Dec 2, 2022
The key F1 management call Ferrari must make to avoid more defeat Plus

The key F1 management call Ferrari must make to avoid more defeat

OPINION: Mattia Binotto’s departure from Ferrari will naturally bring a range of changes across the Formula 1 team. But how the changes shape up and the impact they could have is set to be dictated by a key direction Ferrari’s top dogs will need to pick

Formula 1
Nov 30, 2022
The difference between Mercedes’ stumble and the fall of F1 giants Plus

The difference between Mercedes’ stumble and the fall of F1 giants

OPINION: Mercedes endured its worst season of the hybrid Formula 1 era, but was mercifully spared its first winless campaign in over a decade late on. It has owned up to the mistakes it made which led to its troubled W13. And while its task to return to title-challenging contention is not small, its 2022 season seems more like a blip than the beginning of a downward spiral.

Formula 1
Nov 29, 2022
The physical focus bringing out the best of an F1 midfield star Plus

The physical focus bringing out the best of an F1 midfield star

Esteban Ocon likes to point out he’s the first driver since Lewis Hamilton to emerge from a spell as Fernando Alonso’s team-mate with a superior overall points record. While some may disagree, as LUKE SMITH discovered, the 2021 Hungarian GP winner reckons it’s not just luck which has made him France’s pre-eminent Formula 1 driver of the moment…

Formula 1
Nov 28, 2022
How Red Bull's dynamic leader shaped its F1 philosophy Plus

How Red Bull's dynamic leader shaped its F1 philosophy

The death of Dietrich Mateschitz last month has not only deprived Red Bull of its visionary founder, it has shorn Formula 1 of one of its most influential benefactors. Mateschitz himself was famously media-shy, preferring to let the brand do the talking on his behalf. And, while it’s now normal to speak of Red Bull F1 titles and champions made, Mateschitz never assumed it would be easy or even possible – as ANTHONY ROWLINSON discovered during this previously unpublished interview from 2006…

Formula 1
Nov 27, 2022
Can Mercedes break Formula 1's cycle of doom? Plus

Can Mercedes break Formula 1's cycle of doom?

OPINION: Teams that have dominated for long periods throughout Formula 1's history often take years to get back to the top of the tree once they've slipped down. But it remains to be seen whether the same will happen to Mercedes after a challenging 2022 season

Formula 1
Nov 24, 2022