Pirelli hard tyre, Sepang, 2013

Pirelli plan tyre changes to prevent four-stoppers

2013 Spanish Grand PrixPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Pirelli hard tyre, Sepang, 2013Pirelli say they will make changes to their tyres to ensure four-stop strategy races don’t become commonplace.

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery said the Spanish Grand Prix was an especially demanding race “because of the unique characteristics of this circuit”.

Hembery said the layout of the Circuit de Catalunya led to “high levels of degradation, which should not be seen again to this extent for the rest of the year”.

“Our aim is to have between two and three stops at every race, so it?s clear that four is too many,” he said. “In fact, it?s only happened once before, in Turkey during our first year in the sport.”

“We?ll be looking to make some changes, in time for Silverstone, to make sure that we maintain our target and solve any issues rapidly.”

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77 comments on “Pirelli plan tyre changes to prevent four-stoppers”

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  1. Once again Pirelli seem to have produced F1 tyres with all the dependability and durability of moist chocolate cake.
    How does that make me feel about their road products?


  2. A tire delaminating is unacceptable. so they have to change the construction anyway.

  3. I fully agree with Will Buxton’s latest article on his blog…

    1. +1000000000000000000000000000000000000000

  4. They should change the tyres to improve their performance and/or to last more, I dont care if the team decide to go for two three or four stops.

  5. I am disgusted with all of this moaning about tires from several teams who clearly struggle with them. If Pirelli tires were such a failure Red Bull and Mercedes want to make us believe, then how other teams cope with them much better? Pirelli gave clear indications that 2013 tires will be significantly less durable. Lotus and to lesser extent Ferrari did their homework and now are thriving. Mercedes and to lesser extend Red Bull – completely opposite. So the situation is that some teams have failed in adapting to changing conditions of racing in 2013 and now seeing their failure demand to change those conditions instead of changing their cars which were built around wrong concepts. Now I’m asking – is it fair to change the tires just because some big players have failed to understand them? Making a racing car isn’t about creating a vehicle which in theory on some imaginary circuit with imaginary tires can go the fastest. It’s about making a car which can go fastest on racing distance in the given conditions, with given tires. It’s not like we are seeing a tire disaster like 2005 US GP, we see tires which degrade fast, faster on some cars, slower on other. Changing tires now “on demand” is absurd. Now when I hear team officials and drivers slamming Pirelli, I just want to turn on Rihanna’s “Shut up and drive”.

    1. @cyclops_pl My point exactly…

  6. How much of the rear tyre problems particularly overheating is due to the design of the cars now. They are all trying to get the coanda effect on their cars so that they are blowing hot exhaust gases onto vanes on the rear brakes to increase downforce, this must have some impact on heating the tyres particularly as it is so close and especially is this is not working correctly. Paul Hembry said in an interview that they do not have a test car anymore so I presume this cannot be easily tested by them.

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