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Brundle: F1's planned rule change 'doesn't make sense'

The option to ban tyre blankets from 2024 remains on the table despite pushback from drivers following initial testing.

Martin Brundle has fired Formula 1 a warning by suggesting the proposal to ban tyre blankets "doesn't make sense". The sport's tyre supplier Pirelli has used test sessions to prepare for the prospective ban in 2024 as it aims to align with environmental targets, given the removal of blankets would vastly reduce the electricity consumption of the entire grid. Drivers were left unimpressed with tests during the end of last season when blanket temperatures were reduced from 70 degrees Celsius to 50 degrees, with Pirelli ditching plans to implement a permanent change for the current season following the pushback led by Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. But plans to ban tyre blankets remain on the table despite drivers outlining the likelihood of crashes should the change be made. Such fears were highlighted at the World Endurance Championship event at Spa-Francorchamps last weekend where Ferrari driver Antonio Fuoco, among others, crashed when exiting the pits on unheated tyres. Taking to Twitter in response to that incident, former F1 driver Brundle insisted: "[It] doesn’t make sense for F1 to ban tyre heaters. "Cars will get crashed negating any cost savings [and] efficiencies. Drivers [and] marshals at higher risk. The most expensive and inefficient way of heating racing tyres during testing, practice, qualifying and racing has to be using an F1 car."

Doesn’t make sense for F1 to ban tyre heaters. Cars will get crashed negating any cost savings + efficiencies. Drivers/marshals at higher risk. The most expensive and inefficient way of heating racing tyres during testing, practice, qualifying and racing has to be using an F1 car https://t.co/kFfLIclADV — Martin Brundle (@MBrundleF1) May 3, 2023

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