Formula 1 will continue with the 2019 tyres for the remainder of this season after the teams voted 5:5 to revert to the 2018 tyres.
Pirelli introduced revised tyres for this year’s championship, adopting the thinner tread that they ran at last year’s Spanish, French and British GPs to minimise blistering.
Two of those races were won by Mercedes.
This year, though, Mercedes have a 100 per cent record as they seem to be able to find the sweet spot with the new tyres a lot easier than their rivals.
This led to complaints, prompting Pirelli and the FIA to hold a meeting in Austria to discuss returning to last year’s rubber.
Half the teams reportedly voted no.
“There was a vote about returning to thicker tread tyres in today’s meeting,” reports Auto Motor und Sport’s Tobi Gruber. “It was 5:5 – not the necessary 7 votes in favor of changes.
“So the tyres will stay the same.”
— tami. (@Vetteleclerc) June 28, 2019