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F1 Bahrain 2013: Pirelli changes tyre choice

Pirelli switches to the medium and hard compound tyres for the Bahrain Grand Prix having previously planned to use the hard and soft rubber
Pirelli has elected to revise the tyre choice it will offer teams for this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix.

Originally, Pirelli had announced plans to take the hard and soft compound tyres to the Sakhir circuit for the fourth round of the season, but has now revised its choice and will instead take the hard and medium compound instead.

The decision to switch to the harder compounds comes with Pirelli expecting 'reasonably high' degradation in the Gulf State, with motorsport boss Paul Hembery saying he expected three stops to be the norm.

“Bahrain was one of the very few circuits that was entirely new to us in competition last year, although we know it well from testing,” he said. “It's one of the most demanding tracks of the year for the tyres, mostly because of the high ambient and track temperatures. We expect about three stops per car, although we'll have to wait to get some running in on Friday before we can look at the data and make a more accurate prediction.

“One of the main challenges of racing in Bahrain is that the track evolution is very hard to predict, depending on how much sand is blown onto the circuit. From what we saw last year though, there will be plenty of scope for different race strategies, which can even allow drivers who have not qualified as well as they hoped to recover during the grand prix.”

Tagged as: Pirelli , Sakhir , Paul Hembery

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John - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 5:35 PM

"Should we see this as RBR finally succeeded in getting Pirelli change the tyre compounds?" Only if "we" are the same nutcases who thought that Red Bull sabotaged Mark Webbers car. Reality check - the soft tyres were widely condemned during and after China by the great majority of teams and drivers. The soft tyres are also dreadful publicity for Pirelli. The abiding memory which millions of people will take away from that so-called "race" is of cars struggling to make it to the finish line as their Pirelli tyres disintegrated beneath them.

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