Pirelli bring tyre changes forward to Canada

2013 Spanish Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sergio Perez, McLaren, Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, 2013Pirelli will introduced revised tyres in time for the Canadian Grand Prix, the official F1 tyre supplier has announced.

The changes are being made to guard against a repeat of Sunday’s race in Spain, where most drivers had to make four pit stops, and to put a stop to the delaminations suffered by some drivers in recent races.

“From Canada changes to be made to bring back two to three stops,” Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery said on Twitter. “Some structural changes combining elements 2012 and 2013 products.”

Hembery explained the thinking behind the decision: ??Our aim is to provide the teams with a new range which mixes the stability of the 2012 tyres and the performance of the current ones. As a company, we have always moved quickly to make improvements where we see them to be necessary.

“After evaluating data from the first few races this year, we?ve decided to introduce a further evolution as it became clear at the Spanish Grand Prix that the number of pit stops was too high. The Spanish Grand Prix was won with four pit stops, which has only happened once before in our history.

“These changes will also mean that the tyres are not worked quite as hard, reducing the number of pit stops.

“With limited testing time, it?s clear now that our original 2013 tyre range was probably too performance-orientated for the current regulations. However, having identified this issue, we?re determined to rapidly resolve it.

“It?s worth underlining that the current regulations for winter tests limit the opportunity to test the tyres under the same conditions as the race season because of the lower temperature and restricted time. The teams are of the same opinion as we are in wanting longer testing times and different locations for the next tests. We developed the 2013 tyres on the basis of careful simulations that were, however, not sufficient, taking into account the improved speed of cars (up to three seconds per lap).

“We?ve also taken this step to avoid the delaminations that were caused by track debris. It?s important to point out that these delaminations, which occur when the tread comes off, do not compromise the safety of the tyres as the core structure of the tyre is not affected in any way, helping drivers to complete the lap and to change the damaged tyres safely. These delaminations were due to damage from debris that overheated the tread.

“We?d like to thank all the teams for their continued and extremely valued support as we worked with them to identify the correct compromise between the pure speed that makes us the world leader in the ultra high performance sector and a global spectacle that is easy for Formula One fans to follow.??

Pirelli previously announced it would not make changes until the following race at Silverstone. It had warned that making changes to its tyres could be seen as favouring Red Bull, who have lobbied for changes.

Pirelli has allocated the super soft and medium tyres for the Canadian Grand Prix.

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  1. Who will be the new Cinderella(s)? Will it be new at all? The people who desire unpredictibility certainly will get more of it. Atleast for a while.

  2. The change is good, we can’t have 4 stops. The problem is Hembery commenting on individual teams explicitly, then being unclear as to when changes are being made. If I were a Ferrari or Lotus fan, I would be pretty annoyed about this.

    1. But John, WHY can’t we have four stops? If the Barcelona had four most other GP’s will only have three while the few teams who designed properly for the tires will only have two. How is that even a problem?

      For the teams who failed grossly like Merc; surely it’s a problem so why don’t we change the tires and rules to fit their car better……

  3. 3 months of whining over tyres degrading wayyy too quickly and when we finally go back to the compounds that allowed one-stop strategies in the second half of last year…not a single positive comment.

    You have to be amazed with the users of this site.

    1. On a more serious note though, I’m worried what kind of message this sends to the teams. There seems to be some teams that can design a car to their liking and through a clever marketing strategy towards the sport’s deciding powers can change the regulations to favor their car instead of having to adapt themselves. This awards the teams that failed with their designs.

      I’m not gonna say that this ruins the sport because it doesn’t. The previously succeeding teams now have to suck up their disappointment and deal with it. But that doesn’t make it any more fair as they are now being robbed off the status they fully deserved.

      I personally can live perfectly fine with both kinds of tyres. They both produce equally “real” racing. Racing doesn’t equal to pushing 100 % all the time or who conserves tyres the best. It equals to a sporting event in which the one who moves from point A to point B the fastest, wins. Everybody has to follow the rules and find the way to achieve the best result themselves. Unless F1 starts randomly rewarding the winner regardless of how they ended up in the results it will always be real racing no matter what the equipment is or isn’t.

      1. I don’t like either tire but point is that these are championship deciding changes that are introduced mid-season. How does that not ruin the sport?

        It is exactly the same as saying: “Let’s favor these teams instead of those teams”!

  4. So, Ferrari and Lotus’s last chance to win a race in 2013: Grand Prix de Monaco…

    1. @wsrgo Lotus maybe, but I don’t see why Ferrari would stop winning. They car is bloody quick, and if they can push on these tyres, surely they can push even more in more durable compounds.

      1. Their car is bloody quick

  5. I’ve not been an enormous fan of the 2013 Pirellis, but to change them mid-season is completely unfair.

    When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade, which is exactly what Ferrari and Lotus are doing – and good on them. Meanwhile Red Bull and Mercedes are kicking and screaming because they wanted oranges, and sadly they’re getting them.

  6. And one other thing. Couple interesting numbers (please point out any errors, I tried my best not to make any):

    Spain GP 2011: 1. Sebastian Vettel, 4 stops (laps 9, 18, 34, 48). Overall 77 stops in the race.
    Spain GP 2013: 1. Fernando Alonso, 4 stops (laps 9, 21, 36, 49). Overall 77 stops in the race

    Find the difference. So was 2011 about racing, Mr. Mateschitz?

    1. The funny thing and hypocritical at the same time that the 2 teams who have been moaning about tyres for 3 months and justifying it for the sake of the sport,racing and the fans ….blablablablabla
      are the same teams that in the first opportunity in the season that saw their drivers racing each other on the 2nd race of the calendar deployed team orders and killed the race (from the spectators perspective the same excuse that they are using now & BTW i’m not against team orders)
      So Red Bull & Mercedes are the last teams that should talk about racing,fans……

    2. Red Bull being hypocrite, I would never have guessed…

    3. Red Bull being hypocrites, I would never have guessed…

    4. @jcost Where are you now?

  7. A mid-season tyre change that favors the reigning three-time world champion from Germany threatens to screw Kimi Raikkonen out of the title. Shades of 2003?

  8. Stop changing things!! All the teams, even RBR, would be okay if there was some consistency in the tyre compounds from race to race. How do they design a car if the rubber keeps changing.

  9. Lewis Hamilton just got handed a get out of jail free card, avoiding many embarressments like his Barcelona drive. And now Redbull and Vettel will be champions again. THANKYOU f1 fans who do not like having to see drivers having to get the best out of their package to get a good result. instead many of you want to see drivers having it easy, and processional races. Pirelli heard you loud and clear.

    1. Calm down. These new tyres wont change anything, those who used them nice before will just be able to push more. Reverting back to an old tyre spec isnt going to make Merc suddenly fix the tyre issues theyve suffered with for the past 3 seasons. Deep breaths, mate..

      1. As you can see in qualifying Merc has A LOT of downforce. The more durable the tires, the better they can utilize it.

  10. OMG Pirelli are bowing to Red Bull! blatant favouritism…

  11. Mr Bernie Ecclestone is loving this…..first the Vettel-Webber Rivalry. Then the Tire Wars …. F1 is become a media darling. I am guessing that CNN might get into F1 broadcast now. This is getting better than Politics. Everyday breaking news…. :)

  12. No idea why people are crying so much. If new tyres are durable and one team starts dominating, then people will again complain that F1 is boring.

    1. Exactly.
      But people never stop complaining, do they?

    2. @nin13 that’s because you seem to think there is simply the option of super-durable tyres or 4-stoppers. There’s plenty of middle ground, which is what Pirelli are trying to strike.

      I highly doubt one team would dominate anyway: the grid is far too close for that.

    1. I’m too a bit mystified to why they changed last year’s compound, unless they want teams to spend first few races teams to figure out the tyres every year.

      1. Well, that’s exactly the reason why they’ve done it.
        If they give the same tyres to the teams every year, the engineers would soon understand how to optimise their car’s performance whilst being kind of the tyres, meaning that the number of pit-stops would steadily decrease to probably 1 per race.

  13. Last year Pirelli handed the championship to Red Bull by going completely conservative in the last third of the season.
    It’s not really all that unexpected that they are going to help Bernie’s golden buy win another WDC. After all, Bernie is there to make sure every little decision goes Red Bull’s way. During the season, that can accumulate to just enough to beat the opposition by a handful of points.

  14. A couple of things. How do we know that Red Bull is going to dominate after this change? Seriously, there’s nothing to suggest that. The fastest car over one lap is clearly the Mercedes, the best cars on Sundays are Ferrari and Lotus. Sure, Red Bull has been complaining about these tyres probably because they think they can gain something, but I just don’t see a Red Bull domination. The rules are really strict, the field is quite close.

    Pirelli is changing the tyres because they can’t do anything else. Admitting your own fault and changing everything is a massive blow, no one would do that. Pirelli, the one and only tyre supplier in Formula 1 (which is one of the most famous motorsports in the world), misjudged. It sounds awful, and I’m sure it’s not easy for them.
    If they kept these tyres, their reputation would be even worse than it is now. They wouldn’t have changed them otherwise.

    I think that Hembery was a bit naive yesterday. He already said that they would change something and he knew that the media would go crazy, so he tried to calm them down saying that they don’t want to give Red Bull an advantage. It was a bad move, I guess, because most of the people yesterday read “Pirelli, bla bla bla, fauvoritism, bla bla bla, Red Bull, bla bla bla, tyres”. Today “Pirelli brings tyre changes”. And now everyone thinks that Pirelli did this because Red Bull ordered them.

    What I want to say is that Pirelli had to do something. They will be overwhelmed by criticism, but they think it’s the best decision, and I think it is, too.

    1. The fastest car over one lap is clearly the Mercedes

      No true on heavy fuel….

  15. the whole tyre situation this year shows how utterly absurd pirelli’s brief was to begin with & i actually said back in 2010 when what pirelli were asked to do was was made public that we would eventually reach a situation like we see today.

    the tyres pirelli created for 2013 were pathetic & needed to be changed, however equally changing them in a way that even allows the perception that a team is been favored & a team is been hurt by the changes is equally dumb.

    all it shows is how pathetically artificial f1 has become & just how far away from been the pinnacle of anything its become!

  16. wow, took them this long to notice? and besides, since the cars this year are faster as it is, this will put more load on the tyres than last season so that will make them wear a bit faster, so 2012’s tyres would be the perfect balance between wear and performance, as they almost were/were last season.

  17. Kimi must be bursting a vein or turning to drink soon. He’s finally in with a chance to actually win WDC and then they go and change the tyres that are working so well for him at the moment.

  18. Bernie saying what I’ve been saying since the start of the year, That despite what Paul Hembrey & the fans of Pirelli constantly say, They have NOT done what they were asked to do & have gone way further than what they were actually asked to:

    “The tyres are wrong, not what we intended when we asked Pirelli to produce something which did a half race”

  19. I don’t understand why people say that some teams have done better job to make their cars for existing tires. because all teams get those tires in their possession ONLY in da first per-season testing. by that times all cars are already designed. so how come Ferrari and Lotus did a better job? they just got lucky.

    1. Exactly. In Ferrari’s case there might be something apart from sheer luck, but the Lotus E21 is pretty much an evolution of the 2010 Renault which is Pirelli’s development car.
      It’s hugely hypocritical of Lotus to bash other teams for complaining about the tyres when they are pretty much designed for their car…
      This all doesn’t mean it’s OK to change things in the middle of the season but all the crap was stirred up by FIA/Bernie/whoever else has been trying to drag down RBR to reduce their dominance (it isn’t specifically RBR they target, it could be any other team getting too strong…)

      1. in that case F1 is more like a reality show than a sport. the best team and driver should win always. and nobody should throw a stick in their spokes.

        me personally enjoyed a Ferrari dominance a lot. I witnessed a historical achievements.

    2. by that times all cars are already designed. so how come Ferrari and Lotus did a better job? they just got lucky.

      @latvian So you mean to say that none of the teams developed their cars post those few days of winter testing? What is the point of testing then? Just to see their cars can run a lap or two? Agreed that there are not much of structural changes visible to the naked eye between the car unveiled and the car that raced in Melbourne. Almost all the teams do develop their cars after winter testing as well as in-season. It is not like a good night’s dream, they end up with a car that handles its tyres pretty well compared to its competitors.

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