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Hungarian Grand Prix 2023

F1 bosses agree over 'open-minded' Hungary rules change

This weekend will be the first time the rules change comes into force.

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Formula 1 bosses James Vowles and Mike Krack are in agreement over the "open-mindedness" of this weekend's Qualifying rule change at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

At the Hungaroring, teams will be forced to use the Hard tyres in Q1, Mediums in Q2 and Softs in Q3, in dry conditions, with Pirelli also reducing the number of tyre sets available from 13 to 11 per driver.

Known as the 'Alternative Tyre Allocation' it is aimed at increasing sustainability and was originally planned to be run at Imola before that race was cancelled.

Predicting what could happen in Budapest, Williams boss Vowles was optimistic about the fact that F1 was open to trying new formats.

Vowles and Krack in agreement

"It was put on to the [Sporting Advisory Committee] two years ago and it's sort of come through to now and to 2023," Vowles told media including RacingNews365.

"The idea is good, I'm not sure what it's going to do. There's always a little bit of concern, where you're slightly on the slower side. Is it going to be as easy to get the harder tyres to work? Are we actually going to split the field out?

"But the concept of trying it is exactly why we are doing it. We're unsure of what the other circumstances will be, what will happen to the field spread.

"In many ways, there'll be positives.

"On that harder tyre in the first session, you'll be able to not just get one lap out of it, but multiple laps so you'll see more cars going around the track, more laps being completed.

"It is probably positive for the sport, a positive outcome for it but will it make a bigger gap or make it more predictable? I am unsure which is exactly why we're running it as a format.

"So [I am] open minded and it might present a new direction of travel."

Vowles' counterpart at Aston Martin Krack supported the former Mercedes man's thoughts.

"I think the key word here, is what James said, the open-mindedness," he added.

"We need to try different things. I think Stefano [Domenicali, F1 CEO] also highlights this all the time. And in this case, the idea behind it is less tyres, more sustainability, so I think we have to applaud that initiative."

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