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Pirelli keen to tweak tyre regulations for 2012 - They get backing from the GPDA but reservation from Ross Brawn

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Pirelli keen to tweak tyre regulations for 2012
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Pirelli have yet another plan to tweak the tyre regulations for Formula One - this time they are keen to reduce the number of sets of tyres a team has to avoid wasting so much rubber. From 2012, Pirelli hope to bring one less set of the harder compound to each meet, as it invariably remains in the garage.

Motorsport director at Pirelli, Paul Hembery, explains: “At the moment, if the teams want to keep the same regulations then we will have to go to the FIA and tell them there is no point in having six sets of one and five sets of the other - we may as well have five and five and we save money.”

This idea emerged last week, and the GPDA wrote to Pirelli to say they agreed with the plan - although also suggested perhaps the tyres could be used in practice or qualifying instead.

More suggestions came from Ross Brawn today, who is not so keen on the idea of changing - although he did ponder the concept of carrying the tyres forward to the next race. He added: “I think it has been pretty good this year and we should be very careful before we make any fundamental changes in how we operate with the tyres...”