Pirelli to make hard tyre more durable

2013 F1 season

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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99 comments on Pirelli to make hard tyre more durable

  1. Jimmy2013 said on 25th April 2013, 13:23

    this is one of my biggest issues with making these silly tyres purely to ‘artificially spice things up’, the tyre supplier can basically decide & manipulate the races/championship.

    who’s competitive on each weekend & who struggles is no longer down to team/driver, its now based more around what tyres the tyre supplier takes to each track & what changes they may decide to make to the compounds.

    we saw in 2011 pirelli made changes to the hard compound & the changes totally killed ferrari whenever that tyre was used, the more conservative tyres towards the end of 2012 favored red bull which gave them an advantage over the others, whenever the soft’s are used this year mercedes struggle with wear & the change to this hard compound may have a negative affect on teams.

    intentional or not, pirelli are having an artificial effect on the races & they can basically determine the order based on what compounds they take to each race.
    what if we go to the final race with a close championship & they pick a compound that hurts one of the contenders & decides the championship.

    its not fair for teams to be forced to run on compounds there car doesn’t like or that there driver doesn’t like the feel of. teams & drivers should be able to pick there own tyre compounds, be it from pirelli or another supplier if they wish. having there package handicapped because of what the tyre supplier does is not what the so called pinnacle of motor racing should be doing.

    ive been a massive f1 fan since i was taken to the f1 at brands hatch in ’72, sadly im starting to lose interest because of all this meddling, artificial gimmicks & silly tyre rules.

    its no longer fun watching the cars because of all the artificial passing with drs & because they run around to a pre-determined lap-time rather than drive them hard close to the limits. i dread to say it but its boring to watch the cars cars.

    • LifeW12 (@lifew12) said on 25th April 2013, 13:50

      if they got rid of soft tyres, drs etc. Red Bull would win everything and people would turn off

      • Jimmy2013 said on 25th April 2013, 16:27

        “if they got rid of soft tyres, drs etc. Red Bull would win everything and people would turn off”

        yet even before we had the pirelli tyres & the drs the tv viewership was going up. even in 2010 when people say there was no overtaking the tv viewership was at a record high.

        yet in 2012 with pirelli, drs & no red bull dominance the tv viewership was down in just about every country. ok in the uk you can point to the bbc/sky deal, however in places like germany, italy, america, canada, china, australia, japan etc… where the tv broadcast arrangements were unchanged less people were watching.

        so its the pirelli & drs which has seen peopel turning off while what we had before was seeing a big rise in people watching.

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 25th April 2013, 14:48

      If they can manipulate the championship as you say then Bernie will be thrilled and will no doubt insist on personally selecting the tyres to ensure the championship is not decided until the last race. Maybe this is the whole point.

    • karter22 (@karter22) said on 25th April 2013, 15:50

      You have nailed the whole thing completely sir! Amen to what you just said!

    • JerseyF1 (@jerseyf1) said on 25th April 2013, 18:53

      At least this comment makes a change from the usual chorus of “Vettel didn’t win the world championship, it was Adrian Newey”, though the suggestion that Paul Hembery is solely responsible for Vettel’s triple championships is even more laughable.

    • this is one of my biggest issues with making these silly tyres purely to ‘artificially spice things up’, the tyre supplier can basically decide & manipulate the races/championship.

      who’s competitive on each weekend & who struggles is no longer down to team/driver, its now based more around what tyres the tyre supplier takes to each track & what changes they may decide to make to the compounds.

      Yup. I’ve been saying this for a while.

      The Red Bull criticism is amiss though. The whole point of the tyres in 2012, and especially 2013, was to hobble Red Bull, and hobble SV in particular. That has unintended side effects sometimes. Sorry, Mercedes!

      The thing is, Seb has prospered hugely in the tyre management era of F1. Even in 2010 with the Bridgestones his WDC owed a lot to superior tyre management. Tyre management is one of his strengths. I think the best “anti-Vettel” tyre program would also be the best F1 tyre program, period – make decent, predictable, no-gimmicks tyres and let the various teams and drivers get on with it.

  2. DaveD (@daved) said on 25th April 2013, 14:05

    I wonder if this will make Mercedes rethink their strategy to start focusing on 2014. If they can get a tire that lasts a little longer then they can compete. But from what Wolff was saying yesterday, they’re already moving over half their resources over to 2014…and will keep moving more.

    I guess if they’re happy with 4th or 5th, then why should I care.

    • JerseyF1 (@jerseyf1) said on 25th April 2013, 18:57

      Since we haven’t even got a tyre supplier for 2014 let alone any tyre specifications surely it’s going to be difficult to solve that particular problem no matter how much resource you have.

  3. Great! Back to 1-2 stoppers. That will give teams wider range of strategies? Winning pays out. Complinents toRBR PR dpt

    • C.Logan said on 25th April 2013, 19:57

      Back to 1-2 stoppers.

      Whats wrong with 1-2 stoppers?

      I’d much rather see cars racing out on track than sitting stationary in the pits 3-4 times a race.
      I remember when there were zero pit stops in a race & nobody was complaining about needing more pit stops back then.

      I really don’t get the fascination with needing as many pit stops & as much strategy as possible?
      Whats so great about cars sitting in the pit lane?
      Whats so great about cars jumping other cars purely through strategy?

      I thought we were here to watch cars racing out on the race track? Thats what I want to see more of at least!

  4. SatchelCharge (@satchelcharge) said on 25th April 2013, 14:33

    I hope it’s a small tweak rather than a totally different tire. I’m also glad they didn’t change the soft or super soft, partly because I want to see how these 2013 compounds behave at Monaco.

  5. HoHum (@hohum) said on 25th April 2013, 14:41

    I am glad that whoever it is that Pirelli take notice of have nudged them in the right direction, any real racing we get now happens when the hard tyre is available to the teams, and the harder and more durable the better if you want to minimize the advantage the leading car has over the following cars.

  6. BasCB (@bascb) said on 25th April 2013, 14:43

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

  7. karter22 (@karter22) said on 25th April 2013, 15:47

    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!

    • 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

    • @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…

      • karter22 (@karter22) said on 25th April 2013, 19:56

        @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! :@

        • Adam-GR8 said on 25th April 2013, 20:02

          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!

        • 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.

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

  8. HiPn0tIc (@hipn0tic) said on 25th April 2013, 15:54

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

  9. MattB (@mattb) said on 25th April 2013, 16:21

    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.

    • StefMeister (@stefmeister) said on 25th April 2013, 20:08

      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.

    • Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 25th April 2013, 21:56

      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.

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

    “OMG THIS IS FAVORITISM TO !”

    We’re keeping it classy up in here ;)

  11. Jono (@me262) said on 26th April 2013, 11:20

    FIArrari & Ferrari International Assistance = DEBUNKED!!

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