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FIA rule out single tyre supplier (& jewellery) 31 Mar 2005

Bridgestone tyres.
Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Preparations, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, 2 March 2005

The FIA’s World Motorsport Council met in Paris on Wednesday and decided that the current rule which places no limit on the number of tyre manufacturers competing in Formula One racing will remain in force at least until 2008.

With tyre restrictions one of the most straightforward ways of cutting car performance, there had been speculation that the sport’s governing body may push for a move to a single supplier. The decision secures the future of Michelin and Bridgestone in Formula One racing.

The Council also announced that the current Formula One technical regulations will remain unchanged for 2005, 2006 and 2007. However, any proposal for change unanimously supported by the teams would be considered.

The teams were also invited to discuss the 2008 Formula One Technical Regulations at a meeting on April 15, with further meetings to take place during the summer if necessary. The new regulations are due to be published by the FIA by the end of this year.

Finally, the Council announced that, with immediate effect, drivers are banned from wearing jewellery while competing, with “jewellery” defined as “body piercing and heavy chains”.

It could mean some handy weight savings this weekend for the Red Bull team, whose drivers Christian Klien and Vitantonio Liuzzi both have a well-known penchant for such items.