Post by dmunz
What was the logic behind the requirement to start on the fastest-lap tires
from Q2? It seems kind of artificial (like many things in F1 these days...)
and I can’t for the life of me remember.
So far I'm not finding it easy to discover when that rule was introduced.
That said, the FIA's World Motor Sports Council approved the 2016 Tyre
Regs. on Dec 3 2015. That included this:
"The top 10 at the end of qualifying will still have to give back the
set of the softer compound nominated for Q3, and start the race on the
tyres with which they set their fastest time in Q2 (the same rule as is
the case currently). All other drivers will be able to use the set that
is saved for Q3 during the race."
'the same rule as is the case currently' implies that the rule was used
in 2015, and the 2015 version of the Sporting Regs. confirms that.
And the 2014 Regs. did not have that rule - so it looks like it started
I suspect the logic was to discourage teams from sitting in their
garages for most of Q3. They seem to have given them an extra set of
the softer compound just for Q3 - which they had to return at the end
of qualifying. Since all 10 drivers in Q3 would naturally use the softer
tyre to decide the top 10 grid order, the starting set was decided on
Q2 rather than Q3.
I think I posted this link before, but it won't hurt to remind you all:
It includes the Sporting Regs. as well as Technical ones.
There are pdf files for Tech Regs. for 1968, 72, 88, 94 and every year
from 1997 to 2018. And Sporting Regs. for 2013-18.
Doesn't seem to have been updated recently, but Matt Somerfield is still
active on Twitter, and is the technical editor at Motorsport.com.