Karun Chandhok calls for radical rule change

Max Verstappen won Sunday's Miami Grand Prix on a one-stop strategy, after pitting on Lap 45/57.

Ex-Formula 1 driver Karun Chandhok has called for the sport to introduce a rule where each driver must use “all three tyre compounds”, in a bid to increase a Grand Prix’s action.

With Pirelli’s tyres being as exceptional as they are in regard to their duration, races nowadays often only see a maximum of two pit-stops per driver, or in most cases just the one.

This was the case on Sunday at the Miami Grand Prix, with race winner Max Verstappen having completed the opening 45 laps on a set of Hard tyres, before pitting with 12 laps remaining for a fresh set of Mediums.

There were only really two available strategies at the Miami International Autodrome last weekend, with that having included starting the race on either the Hard compound or the Medium compound, before pitting for the opposite.

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It resulted in little excitement, given that most of the drivers were trying to make the same strategy work.

With that in mind, Chandhok has called for all three dry compounds to be used each race, something which would certainly increase a race’s excitement given the added intrigue of how teams would go about their strategy.

“Another race that underlines my crusade since 2016 that we need a single line added to the sporting rules to say: “All 3 tyre compounds must be used during a race that’s not declared wet at any stage”. The cream will always rise, but it would be more exciting to watch!” Chandhok wrote on Twitter.

Several fans agreed with Chandhok’s idea, with @Bu7esan having commented: “Not all three but definitely a mandatory two stoppers would make drivers be always pushing. Rewatched China 2011 and it was amazing how strategies can improve the quality of a race.”

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@B3NZ4CK added: “Agreed. Or at the very least mandatory 2 stop. Single stop snoozefests.”

Another fan, @@FutureGhost_Boo wrote: “3 Tyres is a great idea, makes it much more of a team sport rather than an individual, the tactics gets more interesting and varied, more potential drama.”

For the time being the likelihood is that a rule like this won’t be introduced, with most expecting the upcoming triple-header to also result in one-stop strategies.