It is then up to each team to choose, among the tyres available for that particular Grand Prix, which ones to fit during the free practice sessions, which ones during the qualifying rounds and which ones during the race, but with some restrictions. Here are the main points of the tyre regulations for each race weekend:
• Each driver can use up to a maximum of 13 sets of slick tyres (two hard, three medium and eight soft), four sets of intermediate tyres and three sets of full wet tyres throughout the whole weekend. In the Grand Prix with the Sprint format, the available sets of dry tyres are reduced to 12 (two hard, four medium and six soft).
• Each driver must retain one set of the softest compound for the Q3. Those who qualify in the top 10 will then have to return this set, while all the others can keep it for the race. This way, the drivers who start further back will have an extra set of new soft tyres.
• From the 2022 season, it was decided to eliminate the rule according to which the ten best drivers have to start the race with the compound used to pass the Q2 and gain access to the Q3.
• Each driver must return two sets of tyres to Pirelli after FP1, another two sets after FP2 and two more after FP3. For the qualifying rounds and the race itself, there are seven sets in total.
• When the track is dry, all drivers must use at least two different compounds during the race and therefore make at least one pit stop.
• With the Sprint format, which envisages a “short” race on Saturday, during the Friday qualifying rounds, drivers can use only soft tyres, while in the Sprint format, drivers are given free choice as to which tyres to start with, without the obligation of making pit stops. At the end of this Sprint race, each driver must return the set of tyres with which they completed the most laps.