Race strategies could undergo major rethinks if the FIA pushes to reduce pit-lane speed limits this season

Teams’ race strategies could be set for further shake-ups in the 2012 Formula 1 season, with reports emerging that the FIA has plans to significantly cut pit-lane speed limits at many circuits on the calendar.

A report in Italy’s Autosprint claims that the pit lane speed limits could be reduced to 60km/h across all events. Currently, most events operate with a 100km/h speed limit for qualifying and race sessions.

A clause in the current sporting regulations states that the pit lane speed limits “may be amended by the stewards following a recommendation from the FIA F1 safety delegate”.

In comparison to other major motorsport championships, Formula 1 has one of the highest pit lane speed limits, raising obvious concerns about safety of drivers and pit crews.

Should the pit lane speed limits be reduced, then this will force a rethink in some teams’ strategy plans, as they will have to weigh up the options of losing even more time performing a tyre change due to the slower in-out pit-stop times, as opposed to staying out on track on wearing tyres.

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