F1 tyre freedom should deliver ‘interesting’ results – James Key


Scuderia Toro Rosso believes Formula 1’s new tyre choice freedom should showcase some ‘interesting’ results in 2016, at least at the beginning of the season.

F1 teams and Pirelli have agreed to change the rules so teams are allowed to choose which tyre compounds they wish to bring to each Grand Prix. These changes have sparked some criticism with some saying the final regulations are too complex, something that will be harder for fans to understand.

Technical director James Key for the Italian outfit believes the new regulations will bring an end result of more varied racing.

“It will be interesting to see how it works out,” said Key, speaking at the Faenza base of Toro Rosso. “They can be quite complicated, so you guys [the media] will have to work harder to get the message out there.

“But you have always got to be a bit careful that there isn’t one optimum solution because everyone will end up at that optimum and it will become normal.”

With the freedom of tyre choices, Key believes teams can take strategic routes based on the strengths of their car and the strengths of the circuit.

“I think because teams are now free to choose a little bit what they want to do, you can play to the strengths of your car and you can play a bit to the strengths of the circuit you are going to,” he added.

“So you can take a few risks maybe. It will certainly add a bit of variety to the season, and actually having three tyre choices at some tracks makes quite a big difference as to how you go through the strategy.

“So I suspect this year at least we will see some interesting results.”