At the dawn of the 2022 Formula 1 season, the FIA removes from the sporting regulations, the tire rule imposed on all drivers accessing Q3.
Established since 2014, the pneumatic rule of Q2 is finally removed by the FIA for the 2022 season. This rule required drivers who reached the 3rd part of qualifying to start the race with the tires on which they set their best time in Q2. The purpose of this constraint being to reduce the gaps for the race and particularly by causing strategic shifts. The latter was unable to convince the teams and the drivers, who eventually preferred to start 11th to keep the choice of tires and strategy for the start of the race on Sunday.
“At each Event where a sprint qualifying session is scheduled, any tire specification detailed in Article 24.2a)i) may be used to start the race. »
“At each event where a sprint qualifying session is not scheduled, with the exception of cars which must start the race from the pitlane, at the start of the race, each car qualified for Q3 must be equipped tires with which the driver achieved his best time in Q2. This will only be necessary for these cars if dry weather tires were used to set the fastest time in Q2 and if dry weather tires are used at the start of the race. »
“i) All such tires damaged during Q2 will be inspected by the Technical Delegate who will decide, at his sole discretion, if they can be replaced and, if so, which tires they should be replaced with. »
“ii) A penalty under Article 4754.3d) will be imposed on any driver whose car is not fitted with the tires on which he set his fastest time in Q2 (unless the damaged tires have been replaced with the approval of the Technical Delegate). »
This rule is therefore abolished from the sporting regulations of the 2022 Formula 1 season. From the first Grand Prix, in Bahrain (March 18 to 20)all drivers who access Q3 will be able to freely choose their set of tires for the start of the race.
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