Qualifying-style tyres last appeared in 1991

The ultra-soft ‘qualifying’ tyre could make a return to the Formula 1 landscape for the first time in over 20 years, after F1 tyre supplier Pirelli offered teams the chance of bringing the concept back into the sport.

The FIA has banned the practice for over twenty years when Goodyear became the sport’s sole tyre supplier in 1992.

Pirelli’s motorsport boss Paul Hembery has confirmed that the tyre company has put the idea to all of the F1 teams, and that he was waiting for their response to the proposal.

“We’ve put the idea of qualifying tyres to the teams and we will get their feedback,” he told AUTOSPORT. “If they don’t want to do it, we won’t do it.

“It might be a step too far next year and too much for the teams to take on board, but it’s something that we have offered.”

Qualifying-style tyres were one of many features of the 1980s F1 landscape when the official tyre suppliers gave teams ultra-grippy compounds that were designed to last just one or two flying laps.

[Image via The Cahier Archive]

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