Formula 1 teams will continue to use Pirelli’s fixed allocation of tyres for grand prix weekends in 2022.
Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, teams were free to choose how many of the 13 tyre sets they brought to a race weekend were Hards, Mediums or Softs.
However, this method changed in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with tyre supplier Pirelli sending all teams their own allocation spread for the weekend.
Pirelli’s Head of F1 Mario Isola says that teams are happy with the system that has been used over the last two years, which has resulted in it being carried over for 2022.
“We had to find this solution for the pandemic to be quicker in reaction,” he said. “But then the teams came back to us saying, actually the system is quite good.
“We want to keep it for the future. So it was not our decision at 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 everybody, so there is no advantage for one or the other, they can start planning on this fixed allocation instead of spending time and resources and people to think about one set more of Medium, or one set less of Soft.
“They have that allocation and they have to work around this. So in 2020, they said we want to continue for 2021. In 2021, with the new product for 2022, nobody was confident in deciding on the compounds and breakdown and so they want to continue.
“I don’t know if in 2023 they want to change but for the moment, this is the answer.”
F1’s race calendar in 2022 is set to feature a record-breaking 23 races spanning from March to November.