Pirelli bring tyre changes forward to Canada

2013 Spanish Grand Prix

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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216 comments on Pirelli bring tyre changes forward to Canada

  1. Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 14th May 2013, 13:35

    Same time, next year.
    Mateschitz “This is outrageous. How can they make those straights so long. Tracks demanding straight-line speed are abominations. F1 is not racing anymore. FIA should think about what they’re doing and shorten every straight to at most 300 meters. It’s not about our car being slow on the straights, it’s about what fans and media want”

  2. MNM101 (@mnm101) said on 14th May 2013, 13:43

    Whenever i think about the most stress, anticipation and enjoyment i felt in a normal dry race in the past two years two instances come to mind, and both included the same drivers, Vettel and Hamilton in Austin 12′ and Barcelona 11′, just seeing two drivers in top form, spend half of the race distance without more than a car length between them, and neither making the smallest mistake and giving the other a chance to take him, and judging by the close performance of the cars last season and this season, i hope and think we will get a lot more fights like these with more durable tyres.

  3. markp said on 14th May 2013, 13:49

    If rb get a 1-2 in canada and fertari and lotus are behind merc they should change straight back. if pirelli got tyre wrong so be it all had an equal chance and change next season. rb had ebd banned one race then it had to come back. this makes me feel like how rb smells…..sick.

  4. Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 14th May 2013, 14:15

    By the way. I can see people here who were happy about downforce being cut, giving us better racing post-2011, and now criticize Pirelli for bringing tires which effectively prevent returning to the same level of downforce which we saw in 2011. Make up your mind, please. Red Bull are moaning, because their car, as it always was, is based around the concept of maximizing downforce – making it a perfect weapon for pole-to-flag wins. They are probably pretty close to regaining the downforce lost as a result of regulations changes post-2011. Nobody will say this aloud but this year’s Pirellis were also targeted at preventing teams from regaining downforce, and even if they already did that, preventing them from using it. Teams can find loopholes in aero regulations, they can’t however change the behavior and durability of tires – they must adapt.

    Some fans tend to forget that huge amounts of downforce resulted in processions, wins by huge margins and racing effectively ending on Saturday. Nobody should care that a certain team cannot live without excessive downforce and nobody should yield to said team’s demands. When Red Bull say they have the fastest car and can’t use it, they mean they have the most downforce and can’t get away with that. Mercedes problem is also with downforce, albeit only in the rear part of the car. There is too much pressure on the rear axle thus their rears are gone instantly.

    With regulations consistently targeted at reducing downforce, the tires provided by Pirelli were the perfect match to that very purpose. Now Pirelli is basically opening the door for getting around the aero regulations.

    • Jason (@jason12) said on 14th May 2013, 14:36

      So lets:
      1. Expose drivers to danger with tyres
      2. Destroy that killer instinct (we so much enjoy in F1 drivers)
      3. Reduce the impact of all other technological advancements
      4 etc…
      Just to Redbull?
      As long as somebody wins (and someone always will) we should be OK, doesn’t matter how sandboxed their win was.
      I say we give the drivers the best tools we can and open the flood gates!

    • Guilherme (@guilherme) said on 14th May 2013, 15:04

      @cyclops_pl Disagree.

      Nobody will say this aloud but this year’s Pirellis were also targeted at preventing teams from regaining downforce

      The reason why we have a single tyre supplier is so that tyres are not such a huge performance variable between teams. If tyres were to control performance between teams, then bring back two or three suppliers and have a tyre war – sure it would be a terrible idea, but it would accomplish the task of being decisive to the performance of the cars much more effectively.

      I don’t know, maybe I have a very different view of F1 than you, but if the tyres are to limit the downforce of the cars, then why bother making 11 different cars? If the tyres can only handle GP2 levels of downforce, then turn F1 into a spec series, because I don’t think it’s justifiable to spend millions in a aero programme when you can’t even use what you developed. If Red Bull and Mercedes are exceeding the downforce levels, should they just scale back so all teams have the same level of downforce while spending millions building an unique car? I’m sorry, but that sounds utterly ridiculous.

      F1 is about how much performance you can get out of a set of regulations. Limiting performance by developing rubbish tyres not only is unsafe and as artificial as you can get, but it’s also stupid. If that was their goal, they might as well have set fixed downforce and drag values on the regulations and turned F1 into a spec series already.

      The bottom line is, these tyres are dangerous, and if they can’t handle the forces generated by an F1 car (which are not as intense as they were a decade ago), they shouldn’t have a place in F1 to begin with. I applaud Pirelli for making these changes, but the way they painted Red Bull as some the villian of the story (and the way 99% if the F1 fanbase jumped on the bandwagon immediately) is just ridiculous.

      • Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 14th May 2013, 15:21


        2005 US GP – Micheline’s were dangerous. Current Pirelli’s are just irritating for some, easy to handle for others.


        Please, enlighten me, what killer instinct are you talking about while driving 10s or more apart any other driver, getting 1+ seconds behind in Q. Where is this killer instinct being honed during processional races, when excessive downforce ruins everything? And as I said before, the danger to drivers derived from the tires in no greater than it was before and certainly is much lesser than it was in case of real tire disasters.

    • How can you possibly argue that comedy tires should be the tool to contain lower aero levels? What happened to proper aero regulations COMBINED with proper tires?

      I think these tires are absolutely silly but they are also what the teams designed their cars for. Hence, they should leave them for the season and use that as the final nail in the coffin to go back to real race tires.

  5. Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 14th May 2013, 14:23

    May 13, 2013
    Pirelli keen to avoid claim of Red Bull favouritism

    May 14, 2013
    Pirelli bring tyre changes forward to Canada

    “well that escalated quickly”
    This is pure competition distortion and a lack of respect towards the teams that did their winter homework. Another bad day for ‘modern’ F1. How powerfull has Red Bull become I do wonder?

  6. crr917 (@crr917) said on 14th May 2013, 14:39

    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.

  7. John H (@john-h) said on 14th May 2013, 14:45

    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.

    • 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……

  8. tmekt (@tmekt) said on 14th May 2013, 14:48

    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.

    • tmekt (@tmekt) said on 14th May 2013, 15:29

      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.

      • 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”!

  9. wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 14th May 2013, 15:01

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

  10. JackySteeg (@jackysteeg) said on 14th May 2013, 15:12

    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.

  11. Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 14th May 2013, 15:12

    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?

    • Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 14th May 2013, 15:31

      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……

    • DaveF1 (@davef1) said on 14th May 2013, 16:12

      Red Bull being hypocrite, I would never have guessed…

    • DaveF1 (@davef1) said on 14th May 2013, 16:14

      Red Bull being hypocrites, I would never have guessed…

    • wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 15th May 2013, 5:48

      @jcost Where are you now?

  12. R.J. O'Connell (@rjoconnell) said on 14th May 2013, 15:31

    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?

  13. Millirem (@millirem) said on 14th May 2013, 15:40

    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.

  14. kubica2 said on 14th May 2013, 15:52

    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.

    • 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..

  15. sato113 (@sato113) said on 14th May 2013, 16:18

    OMG Pirelli are bowing to Red Bull! blatant favouritism…

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