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. TonyRomas said on 15th May 2013, 17:32

    I see a pattern in this thread. People who tolerate comedy tyres are the people who are happy Red Bull isn’t winning. They are selfish because they want to see their own teams win. I paid money to watch cars being pushed, not tyres deciding how much a car can be pushed, or tyres degrading. For those who love this tyres, there’s a better sport for you. Go to youtube and search ‘tire burning’. It would roughly amount to what you are watching now. -cough- James -cough-

  2. Jenifer Stevens (@jeniferstevens) said on 16th May 2013, 2:52

    I’ve been at two F1 races this year, Melbourne and Spain. The tyres are a joke. We nolonger see the guys racing as much as they are baby sitting thieir tyres. I’m also concerned about the vast amount of clag that scrubs off them narrowing the actual track. I agree with David Coultard that its a serious accident that’s waiting to happen. I’m young bu have watched formual 1 since 2000 and think the 2 tyre compunds are a gimmick. I would much rather see fuel stops with the teams given the option of how much furel thay want to start with after Q3. That way its not about tyres but allows strategy for number of pit stops and car weights and speeds accordingly. F1 is losing TV ratings around the world. Who wants to talk about tyres…when it should be about driver skill and car design.

  3. Jabosha (@jabosha) said on 16th May 2013, 5:24

    If possible the week before Canada the F1A should find a place and let all teams test all the compounds and the F1A should foot the bill. This would give at least some expectations as to where the new tires are for everyone.

    I know, not happening but a reset is not fair to any of the teams imo.

  4. Dave (@dworsley) said on 16th May 2013, 9:49

    I’ll wait and see how the tyres actually perform but I’ll look back on this in hindsight and say this is BS if Vettel runs away with the championship the rest of the season.

  5. Chema Carrasco (@chemakal) said on 16th May 2013, 10:06

    Results Barcelona 2011 when RedBull with Vettel just had a walk through the seasson to win with over 120 points to 2nd:

    1. Vettel – 4 pit stops
    2. Ham – 4
    3. Button – 3
    4. Webber – 4
    5. Alo – 4

    2011 – Total pit stops: 77 with 21 cars finishing
    2013 – Total pit stops: 81 with 19 cars finishing

    Don’t remember Horner or Mateschitz whinning back then…

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