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F1 2022

F1 hopes to trial reduced tyre options at some races in 2022

After experimenting with Sprint Qualifying in 2021, Ross Brawn admits that he hopes the sport can test some other ideas next season, with one of them being the possibility of reducing quantities of tyres used.

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Ross Brawn has revealed that he hopes F1 can possibly test the idea of having a reduced number of tyres available at some race weekends in 2022.

Following this year's experiment with Sprint Qualifying – which has been held at two Grands Prix so far in 2021, with the third set for Brazil, and looks set to increase to six next season after being deemed a success – the sport's Managing Director Brawn is open to trialling other new concepts.

One of these is to have fewer tyre options at a select number of races.

"[Sprint Qualifying has] changed people's minds a little bit," Brawn told select media, including RacingNews365.com.

"It's definitely putting things on a list that we'd be a little bit nervous about doing for the whole season. The one that I mentioned is to see if we can reduce the quantity of tyres we use over a race weekend.

"We're all trying to improve our footprint, in many ways, logistics, usage of tyres is one of them. And so we hope in 2022 that we're going to have some weekends where we have the reduced number of tyres available."

Brawn says that the FIA have been in discussions with Pirelli and the teams regarding this, and that so far the signs are "promising".

"We think we can do [reduced tyre quantities] without impacting the show," he explained. "But as you know, in Formula 1 there's always the chance of unintended consequences.

"But the FIA has been working very hard, with Pirelli and the teams, to come up with a proposal of how we might assess the different ways of using less tyres over the weekend to reduce quantities.

"That looks quite promising, and I think that's something we will do at a few weekends during the season in order to evaluate it.

"If it works, then there's something we can adopt for the future, or we can tune it a little bit and move forward."

However, this proposal would still be subject to a substantial majority of the teams and the FIA agreeing to trial it.

It's time for the latest episode of the RacingNews365 podcast, with F1 journalists Dieter Rencken, Thomas Maher and Mike Seymour discussing the tense strategy battle between Mercedes and Red Bull and much, much more from the United States Grand Prix.

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