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Teams may push for double wet tyre option 08 Apr 2003

Bridgestone tyres.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Brazilian Grand Prix, Preparations, Interlagos, Brazil, 3 April 2003

Following the chaotic events of last weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix, team principals are expected to lobby for a choice of two wet weather tyres at races, even though earlier in the year they unanimously agreed to have only one.

The team principals, rather than the engineers, voted for the single tyre rule as tyres now come under the sporting regulations after FIA president Max Mosley introduced grooved tyres for the 1998 season.

The problems in Brazil arose because Bridgestone and Michelin calculated that since torrential rain is the exception rather than the norm, an intermediate tyre would be the best bet.

Problems with aquaplaning first arose when Friday's practice and qualifying sessions were wet, and until conditions improved there was talk of a driver petition to have qualifying cancelled. "I think we were a bit concerned with the tyres we had that it was going to be recklessly dangerous," Juan Pablo Montoya said.

Michael Schumacher said then that a second tyre option was desirable, and renewed the call after spinning out of the race.

However, Renault's executive director of engineering, Pat Symonds, said: "I think we should still have just one tyre, but I think we need a new definition of what a wet tyre is."

The team principals are now due to meet for further discussions in Imola, on April 20.