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Pirelli confirms Canadian changes

Pirelli confirms changes to be made to its F1 tyres for the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal
Pirelli chief Paul Hembery has confirmed that the Italian tyre supplier will make changes to its F1 rubber in time for the Canadian Grand Prix.

Hembery had admitted after the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona that the widely-used four-stop strategy had been 'too much' amidst concerns over the levels of degradation suffered throughout the Catalunya race.

Following discussions in the aftermath of the race, Pirelli has now revealed that changes are to be made to the tyres in order to reduce the number of stops made during the races.

A target of two or three stops per race will be the aim, with Pirelli seeking to be less aggressive without putting those who had already mastered the tyres at any kind of disadvantage.

“Our aim is to provide the teams with a new range which mixes the stability of the 2012 tyres and the performance of the current ones," Hembery said. "As a company, we have always moved quickly to make improvements where we see them to be necessary. After evaluating data from the first few races this year, we've decided to introduce a further evolution as it became clear at the Spanish Grand Prix that the number of pit stops was too high.

“The Spanish Grand Prix was won with four pit stops, which has only happened once before in our history. These changes will also mean that the tyres are not worked quite as hard, reducing the number of pit stops.”

Hembery added that some of the issues currently being encountered were down to the a lack of testing opportunities in-season, with the current tyres having only been tested in lower track temperatures encountered over the winter.

The motorsport chief also said that steps were being taken to reduce the number of delaminations that have been seen so far in 2013.

"With limited testing time, it's clear now that our original 2013 tyre range was probably too performance-orientated for the current regulations,” he continued. “However, having identified this issue, we're determined to rapidly resolve it.

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pete - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 2:23 PM

And they say Ferrari has a lot of influence in F1.... I guess a 4th place finish for Vettel is not possible.... he did finish near his qualifying position didn't he? Teams that have found the tires work on their cars: Lotus, Ferrari, McLaren, Force india Teams that whine that the tires don't work for their cars: RBR, Mercedes, Williams Read what DiResta said about the tires.


May 14, 2013 2:22 PM
Last Edited 475 days ago

@Richard Just my usual sarcasm. I don't hate any team or driver, just these awful tyres. It is a heck of a coincidence though the timing of this. 10 teams complain for three years and it even gets worse. RBR makes one squeak and suddenly it's a problem and they say they will make changes. BTW, anyone making decisions on what road tyre to buy based on racing compounds is being silly.

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