The Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), the sanctioning body for Formula 1 racing, is proposing the series go to a single tire supplier for the 2008 and succeeding seasons as part of a cost-containment and competition-enhancement study.
Among the reasons the FIA cites for its proposal are:
* A single supplier would allow a bigger safety margin.
* The absence of the need for competitive tire testing would reduce costs.
* A single tire supplier would ensure that no team would be adversely affected by being contracted to the ``wrong'' supplier.
* Slick tires could be re-introduced as a part of the low-downforce and high-mechanical-grip package.
* Lower profile tires would be introduced in order to give the wheels and tires a more modern look and also permit more freedom on brakes and suspension.
In making its suggestions, the FIA said it considered five principal challenges-safety, fairness, keeping the current six major car manufacturers involved, preserving the independent teams and ensuring that the public continue to enjoy Formula 1.
``Everyone is agreed on the need for the first two,'' the FIA said; ``the last three are more controversial.''
The FIA disclosed its proposal at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the Grand Prix of the U.S. was taking place.