A new experiment will take place at two grand prix races this year in an effort to reduce the number of tyres brought to the events. Currently, teams can choose which tyres are used in the three segments of qualifying, but at these two events, the compounds will be mandated. Specifically, drivers will be required to use hard tyres in Q1, mediums in Q2, and softs in Q3. Drivers will have three sets of hards, four sets of medium, and four sets of softs available for the entire weekend. The plan is to have six sets of tyres available for qualifying and five to juggle between free practice and the race. The Emilia Romagna GP weekend from 18-21 May will be the first event chosen for this experiment.
A second experiment will likely take place around the time of the summer break to allow for Pirelli and teams to analyze whether the experiment has been successful and if it is suitable for use in the 2024 season. Engineers predict that teams will use one set of soft tyres in FP2 and one in FP3 to secure two sets of softs for Q3. Teams that do not make it through to the final qualifying segment would have access to two additional sets of soft tyres, which could be advantageous for some tracks. The FIA has announced that an invitation to tender for F1’s supply contract for 2025, 2026, and 2027 will be launched in the coming weeks.