From Rubber & Plastics News
Paris-The Federation Internationale de l'Automobile, the governing body that rules Formula One racing, is proposing naming a single tyre supplier to the international racing series starting in 2008, according to proposed changes to the series' operating regulations.
This would mark the first time in the 54-year history of the â€œmodernâ€ Formula One that its organisers have mandated a â€œspecâ€ tyre for the series. Formula One is staging 18 races in 16 countries on five continents this year, with both Bridgestone Corp. and Groupe Michelin supplying tyres.
The new proposals would limit teams to only two sets of tyres per weekend per car-vs. 40 dry weather tyres and 28 wet weather tyres currently-and would rule out tyre changes during race pit stops, except in the event of punctures. Also being considered is a change to the tyre/wheel widths-narrower in the front and wider in the rear.
The FIA disclosed the proposals as core to its intention to overhaul Formula One in an effort to reduce costs and increase competition.