Teams to test “longer life” medium tyre in Canada

2011 Canadian Grand Prix

Pirelli medium

Pirelli medium

Pirelli will bring a revised medium tyre for teams to test at the Canadian Grand Prix.

Team will be able to sample the tyre in practice on Friday.

The medium tyre is due to be introduced for the first time this year in the following race at Valencia. Pirelli have not yet decided whether they will use the new medium tyre there.

Pirelli told F1 Fanatic: “It’s not a big change: it will keep broadly the same performance levels as the current medium, but with a slightly longer life.

“With the hard tyre becoming harder, a tweak was needed to the medium to ensure that it fitted exactly between the soft and the hard in terms of degradation”.

Teams will use the soft and super-soft tyres in Canada, and the medium and super-soft tyres in Valencia.

Pirelli added the new hard tyre introduced in Spain was “likely” to be used at the British Grand Prix as well.

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29 comments on Teams to test “longer life” medium tyre in Canada

  1. BasCB (@bascb) said on 6th June 2011, 15:17

    Good to see how much effort Pirelli puts in to make things fit perfectly. I hope the publicity involved makes them reap the rewards for their work.

    • Fixy (@fixy) said on 6th June 2011, 16:00

      Despite the critics they receive, they are constantly trying to improve the tyres, which so far have helped make the season wonderful. Great job by them.

      • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 6th June 2011, 23:46

        I actually don’t know how anyone can criticise them to be honest, barmy!

        • Douglas 62500 said on 7th June 2011, 8:55

          Yeah they appear to be working very hard to improve those tyres. It really does make races more exciiting to watch, but I still do miss those near perfect, indestructable Bridgestones !!!!

      • HNTX said on 7th June 2011, 19:39

        Fixy, what’s so wonderful about this season? Red Bull is throwing a wrench in what was supposed to be a wonderful season. It’s an awful season in my opinion, just 0 parity. Let me give you a few reasons why:
        Race 1 – RBR/SV pole & win
        Race 2 – RBR/SV pole & win
        Race 3 – RBR/SV pole & 2nd
        Race 4 – RBE/SV pole & win
        Race 5 – RBR/SV 2nd & win
        Race 6 – RBR/SV pole & win

  2. Wallbreaker said on 6th June 2011, 15:20

    Why do they use soft and super-soft in Canada but medium and super-soft in Valencia? Both are street circuits, so why the difference?

  3. Herman (@herman) said on 6th June 2011, 15:34

    So, the teams haven’t even used the original Pirelli medium tyre in a race yet, and already it’ll be ditched? Pirelli were wrong about the life of the supersoft tyre (the tyres went much longer than 10 laps in Monaco). While I don’t doubt that maybe a new specification of medium tyre should be used, perhaps it’s better to see just how long the original medium tyre actually works in a race rather than ditching it immediately and testing a new specification?

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 6th June 2011, 15:57

      They did run it in testing.

      • Ral said on 6th June 2011, 16:48

        And to follow up on Keith’s reply:

        The harder compounds specifically have had one major complaint only really: the trade-off isn’t really there lifespan-wise. So making them a bit more durable only sounds sensible. Yes, they’re a lot slower than the softs, but to make them a viable option in the race, they have to last appreciably longer, which so far they haven’t seemed to.

        • Asanator (@asanator) said on 7th June 2011, 16:30

          Making the hard tyre harder in Barcelona pretty much ruined the race for everyone unless you were a Redbull or McLaren for no appreciable gain!

          They should go back to the ‘old’ hard tyre! sticking with the lastest one makes no sense!

      • timi said on 6th June 2011, 17:10

        All the tyres changed at least slightly since testing. So I would have to agree and say technically they have, but realistically they haven’t run it yet

  4. Joe said on 6th June 2011, 18:33

    There’s an old saying that applies here: if ain’t broke don’t fix it. The races have been great with the tyres as they were so changing them risks making the racing boring again.

  5. BBT said on 6th June 2011, 19:58

    Clueless making it up as they go along = Pirelli
    Tried of their PR ******* now, ruining a good season of the back of the best season a decade (which most seem to overlook).

    • BBT said on 6th June 2011, 19:59

      whoops, but you get the gist.

    • HG said on 7th June 2011, 9:21

      well the contract for them to become F1 tyre supplier was relatively last minute. Considering the fact that they were asked to provide tyres that degrade, and provide good racing, i would say they have done a dam good job so far.

      Perhaps there would be less ‘making it up’ as they go along if there was in season testing… but if teams smashed out thousands of laps and got to know tyres intimately, then that could have taken the edge off the races, as well as cost etc etc.

      Man people who are closely involved in F1, have also heaped praise on the ‘clueless’ pirelli sucj as Brundle, Couthard, Croft, Davison, Jordan to Maurice Hamilton, to name a few.

  6. Calum said on 6th June 2011, 22:22

    What’s made he racing great in 2011?
    Is it DRS, no, how about Kers, no?

    It has been the new tyres, they have created FANTASTIC races so far, with so much excitement down through the grid.

    Why tamper Pirelli?

    • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 6th June 2011, 23:49

      To be fair, I think DRS has given us at least a couple of decent races, particularly China.

      KERS you can’t really lump in the same bracket as it’s about the most equal addition to the cars this year…except in the case or Mark Webber it seems ;)

  7. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 6th June 2011, 23:47

    Yet more tyres for the teams to get their collective head around, cool :D

  8. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 7th June 2011, 2:43

    I know Montreal is a street circuit with some runoff area but that doesn’t explain with good degradation why they are bringing soft and super-soft tyres there, I guess Super-soft & Medium would have been better choice.

  9. They better bring lots of rain tyres…

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