Pirelli plan tyre changes to prevent four-stoppers

2013 Spanish Grand Prix

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

  1. PeterG said on 12th May 2013, 17:52

    Kimi Raikkonen after todays race-

    It is too easy to overtake, so no point to really fight again because you cannot hold him behind.

    Just shows how wrong the new F1 is :(

  2. Umar Majid (@um1234) said on 12th May 2013, 17:53

    Only 1 man in F1 who wants these tyres to stay. he goes by the name of Kimi Raikkonen

  3. James (@jamesf1) said on 12th May 2013, 18:11

    Not sure if this is a clever move. They’re moving the goal posts and I’m sure that after the race at Silverstone and beyond, there will be many that will be complaining that Pirelli are changing to favour X or Y. I feel for Ferrari, Lotus and, to an extent, Toro Rosso, as they’ve managed to master the tyres. They were smart enough to build a car which doesn’t take too much out of their tyres, whereas Newey/Red Bull, Mercedes, McLaren et al have gone for high downforce setups, with little compromise.

    • James (@jamesf1) said on 12th May 2013, 18:24

      I should probably hold my hands up and say that I am a big supporter of Ferrari, Fernando and Kimi. However, F1 is hard enough for the neutral, casual viewer at times. Imagine explaining this one in a few weeks time!

  4. OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 12th May 2013, 18:34

    The tyres should not be what drivers talk the most about, but unluckily it is this way. It was a shame to listen to Rosberg asking: “should I defend or keep the tyres?”. These guys are there to race, now they are being pushed to cruise. They have just the first laps with new rubber to do something. (Hats off for Alonso and another great start). When Alonso escaped from the pack, his lap times also depended from the F’in rubber. I want to see a race which finishes in close battle, or why not, if the samurai has the best car of the weekend, escape from the rest and lap everybody. But I want to see them going 100%. Ask Hamilton if he was racing or crawling. For the tyres, all for the tyres.

  5. B@rney said on 12th May 2013, 18:56

    Racing? You call THIS racing? There was NO racing, there were just drivers perambulating the circuit at the maximum speed their statistician’s told them would not activate the Pirelli’s self-destruct device. Cars did manage to overtake each other on occasion but most passing wasn’t overtaking, it was merely intersecting nodes of the variant tyre strategies.

    The racing has been ***** over the entire disinte-Pirelli era but now it’s so bad, even the blokes in the cheap seats are complaining. When Hamilton begins a race sandbagging, then tapers off, and still cannot manage better than coming 12th, something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

    Hembery no doubt will take advantage of the opportunity to remind us all how “boring” the racing was before he arrived.

  6. Timothy Katz (@timothykatz) said on 12th May 2013, 20:22

    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?

    Guess.

  7. TMF (@tmf42) said on 12th May 2013, 21:18

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

  8. wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 13th May 2013, 9:07

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

  9. Paul2013 said on 13th May 2013, 9:57

    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.

  10. Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 13th May 2013, 13:43

    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”.

  11. 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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