WRC could switch to control tyre
The World Rally Championship could return to a control tyre series for the first time since 2010 next year.
WRC Promoter has been discussing the plan with tyre firms in and out of the sport and a decision will be taken in the coming weeks.
Promoter Oliver Ciesla said: “This is something we have been thinking about for several months now. We can see pros and cons for it, but a decision is on the agenda and we will make a decision soon – most likely in a month.”
Michelin and DMACK are firmly against the potential for a control tyre, while Pirelli – the last single tyre supplier – is sitting on the fence.
Volkswagen’s Jost Capito is adamant the sport doesn’t need a single tyre. He told MN: “I think it would be completely wrong. We have Pirelli, Michelin and DMACK in at the moment and we have good competition from those guys. Some are better in this rally some are better in another rally – it gives us a variety on the results.”
M-sport client liaison manager Rich Millener said he could see both sides of the argument: “The drama of today wouldn’t be there without tyre competition.
“Personally, after a rally like Poland, I’d like it to stay open.”