Pirelli hard tyre, Sepang, 2013

Pirelli to make hard tyre more durable

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Pirelli hard tyre, Sepang, 2013Pirelli have announced they will change the compound of their hard tyre from the next race in Spain.

F1’s official tyre supplier says the new hard tyre will be similar in construction to that used last year,

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery said: “After evaluating tyre performance over the balance of the first four races, we took the decision ?ǣ in consultation with all of the teams ?ǣ to change the hard compound from Spain onwards, as we did in Barcelona two years ago when we also introduced a new hard tyre for the rest of the season.”

“This latest version of the hard compound is much closer to the 2012 tyre, with the aim of giving the teams more opportunity to run a wider range of strategies in combination with the other compounds, which remain unchanged.”

Although the aggressiveness of Pirelli’s 2013 tyres had been criticised by some teams, such as Red Bull, Pirelli claim the majority of teams support their choice of compounds.

The new hard tyre will be used for the first time at the next round, the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya, where it has been allocated along with the medium tyre.

Pirelli will bring the soft and super-soft tyres for Monaco, and the super-soft and medium tyres for Canada.

2011-2013 F1 tyre allocations

Circuit 2013 Option 2013 Prime 2012 Option 2012 Prime 2011 Option 2011 Prime
Melbourne Super Soft Medium Soft Medium Soft Hard
Sepang Medium Hard Medium Hard Soft Hard
Shanghai Soft Medium Soft Medium Soft Hard
Bahrain Soft Hard Soft Medium No race No race
Catalunya Medium Hard Soft Hard Soft Hard
Monte-Carlo Super Soft Soft Super Soft Soft Super Soft Soft
Montreal Super Soft Medium Super Soft Soft Super Soft Soft

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  1. I guess its good that they evaluate what they learn from the running and act upon it.

  2. This is bunch of bull! I guess their moaning paid off!
    Blame Massa´s failure on debris? Didn´t you guys notice that when Massa overtook Grosjean in lap 13 or thereabouts, Grosjean very slightly touched the right rear tyre with his front wing? I encourage you to look at the race again. It wasn´t tyre failure because of debris, Massa screwed up!
    Back on subject, this is totally outrageous. Every team had to deal with these lemons in 2012 and 2011, what makes this season different??? RBR not being able to run their car with the downforce the kid needs and make the tyres last? I´m ****** off beyond words!

    1. well , I didn’t see this , but has nobody noticed that most of the razor sharp debris comes from front wings ?
      if I had my way front wings would be no wider than the inside of the tyres when wheel is in the straight ahead position , would also help in being able to get closer behind other cars at least they are going towards that next year I suppose

    2. @karter22 – I think Pirelli have done this because the tyres haven’t been durable enough for all the teams, and it’s affecting the quality of the racing.

      If anything, the decision is helping Lotus as it will give them more opportunities to run alternative strategies and may even be to the detriment of Red Bull. Besides, do you really like seeing three stops per race? I think it’s a bit excessive, two should be the limit…

      1. @vettel1

        the decision is helping Lotus

        How do you figure Max?? They were 2nd and 3rd in Bahrain. I don´t think they have a problem with them. If anything, I think Lotus is the one team that doesn´t want Pirelli to touch the tyres because they seem to handle them well so far so I fail to see how they might be helping Lotus and anyways, Kimi has said it himself that they should leave the tyres alone.
        On the other hand we have RBR and Mercedes (I think is the other team moaning) that want them to change the compounds. You know what i say to that? Man up! Like I said before, teams dealt with these lemons since 2011, 2012 and now 2013; nobody had moaned about them although it was paddock talk, nobody openly criticize them, and now, because RBR and some other team are moaning like women in labor, they have to change the compounds? And let me say this, all the other teams are balless. Why did they give into this bull??
        As for pitstops Max, I reckon that had this “lemon manufacturer” left the rubber alone and not wanted to be such a deciding factor to the whole championship and let the teams race, they should not have changed the 2012 tyre. 2012 was perfect yet it seems they feel the need to be the talk of the show. It´s totally disgusting and frankly I´m sick of it. F Pirelli I say! :@

        1. teams dealt with these lemons since 2011, 2012

          they compounds were different in those 2 years though, Pirelli changed the construction again for this year & made all of them softer.

          teams never complained in 2011 because the tyres worked better & never fell to pieces in 6 laps like the 2013 soft’s do.

          in 2012 teams began complaining because of how small the operating range of the tyres were which led to nobody knowing why there cars worked or didn’t the way they did each weekend.

          in 2013 pirelli opening up the operating window but made all compounds far less durable & now were left with drivers pootling around at 70-80% all race not racing because tyres need to be conserved far too much.

          its no longer racing, its Formula Lap-Delta or Formula Tyre conserve.

          teams complain about 2013 tyres because the tyres worthless pieces of are junk!

        2. they should not have changed the 2012 tyre. 2012 was perfect

          The changes to the hard tyre are to make it more like the 2012 hard tyre. So you should be happy.

        3. @karter22 pretty much the only thing I agree with in that whole rant is they should’ve just kept the 2012 compounds!

  3. This is a disgrace…one manufacture that clearly don’t know what he’s doing

  4. Does anybody else think that it would be fun for the teams to choose which two compounds they want taken to the circuit – perhaps decided two weeks prior to the race? It would force them think strategically before the race and we could see some interesting strategy combinations at each circuit. Teams could gamble that the supersofts could be very fast, but others could gamble on a Medium/ Hard 1 stop could be faster.

    1. I agree.

      Either go back to what we had Pre-94 with all dry compounds at every race for teams/drivers to run however they want (With no mandatory pit stop).

      Or since the cost of that will likely be too high let the teams pick which compounds they want to run before each race.

    2. perhaps decided two weeks prior to the race

      No, this would be too much of a lottery. Before qualifying would be better as then everybody would have had a chance to test the tyres.

  5. Reading through two pages of comments and they all say:


    We’re keeping it classy up in here ;)

    1. Ugh, should read “OMG THIS IS FAVORITSM TO {Insert My Favorite Team}!

  6. FIArrari & Ferrari International Assistance = DEBUNKED!!

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