Pirelli to bring soft tyre instead of hard at Hungary

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Pirelli tyre, Nurburgring, 2013In the round-up: Pirelli choose to soften their tyre compounds for Hungary due to the planned change in construction.


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Pirelli tyres to be softer in Hungary (BBC)

“The new choices now mirror those used in Hungary last year [medium and soft], but because Pirelli is using softer rubber compounds across its tyre range this season, the tyres used at the Hungaroring in 2013 will effectively be one grade softer than last year.”

F1 teams must lose test paranoia – Pirelli (Autosport)

Pirelli motorsport director: “We are not interested in helping one team over another, we just want to do our job. We don’t care if we do tests with five different teams, one after the other.”

Bernie Ecclestone denies Nurburgring bid rumours (Autocar)

“The 82-year-old has since denied that he has put in a bid for the track before the deadline of 12 June.”

Home win (ESPN)

“After qualifying Mark Webber peered into Lewis Hamilton’s cockpit, most likely at the request of his engineers who probably suspect Mercedes have some sort of special device in there.”

Rookie diary – with Marussia?s Max Chilton (F1)

“Obviously I had the incident in Monaco with Pastor Maldonado. I did learn from it, but to be honest with you even if I?d been in F1 for 20 years, I would have still done the same thing. I wasn?t aware of anything around me – I knew there was a car behind me but I wasn?t expecting him to put his car there. That?s why I came across.”

Stefan Johansson chats about the British Grand Prix… (Stefan Johansson)

“Pirelli was obviously given a mandate and they tried to satisfy it but you can only do so much. We used to test for six weeks in Rio during the off-season with Goodyear. We ran so many tyres every day it was ridiculous. On average, we did about two grand prix distances per day. We went round and round doing race simulations all day long. It doesn?t make financial sense to do that now. But I still think there would be some benefit to having some testing for everyone.”

If you don’t want to know the result, look away now: BBC apologise after revealing Lewis Hamilton finished in pole position (The Independent)

“The BBC has apologised for revealing who finished on pole position for the German Grand Prix before the highlights were broadcast.”

F1???s golden oldies (NBC)

“In his eighth decade, [NASCAR driver Morgan] Shepherd outstrips by far the oldest drivers who?ve successfully competed in Formula One.”


Comment of the day

@Testguy thinks Ferrari should find a new team mate for Fernando Alonso:

Massa has scored 441 points since the start of the 2010 season, to Alsonso?s 910. That’s 48% of Alonso?s tally, which means he?s almost half as good in equal machinery.

Forget it. Massa used to be good, was in a terrible accident, and hasn?t recovered since. I know his role is playing second fiddle to Alonso but he doesn?t seem to be able to live up to that anymore. Please plonk the guy in a DTM car or something and leave the second Ferrari to somebody able to work it.

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On this day in F1

Alain Prost won the British Grand Prix 20 years ago today, giving him a 20-point lead over Ayrton Senna in the drivers’ championship.

His win came at the expense of team mate Damon Hill, who had been leading until his engine failed.

Senna also had misfortune, running out of fuel late in the race. That promoted the Benettons of Michael Schumacher and Ricciardo Patrese to second and third.

Here’s Hill’s retirement as it was (almost) seen live by Eurosport viewers:

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50 comments on Pirelli to bring soft tyre instead of hard at Hungary

  1. Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 11th July 2013, 0:22

    This Mark Webber shot is hilarious! Any ideas what he might be looking for?

  2. Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 11th July 2013, 0:27

    On the tyres for Hungary: I am confused. I thought the compound had nothing to do with how fragile the tyres were in terms of destroying themselves – just the construction? So why change?

  3. Jay (@j-rva) said on 11th July 2013, 0:32

    With regards to the softer tire compounds, I think this is good news for Lotus and Ferrari.

  4. Joe Papp (@joepa) said on 11th July 2013, 0:50

    Interesting developments all-around. Cheers.

  5. These 2 weeks and 4 days (or 3 and counting back) will be as long as the shooting between Pirelli and the teams.

  6. MB (@muralibhats) said on 11th July 2013, 1:43

    Hopefully Lotus can convert last year’s 2-3 to 1-2 this year!

  7. Fisha695 (@fisha695) said on 11th July 2013, 2:15

    Buxton has a good blog post on his website talking about how these new media rules for pitlane aren’t really that new & vast as they’re made out to sound like and how it’s not really the changes that needed to be made.

  8. obviously said on 11th July 2013, 3:40

    Judging by Hamilton’s start on Sunday, Webber was obviously planting his clutch into Lewis’ car.
    It makes sense now that Webber made the best start of the top 3.

  9. Yappy said on 11th July 2013, 3:58

    Coming back to the tire coming off issue. All teams would have to is design the hubs the have angled pins(there is a more technical term but I can’t think of it at the moment). This should self lock the tire in place when the wheels spin so you might have a wheel that is loose but it should not fly off. The wheel may be a little sticky to pull off at a pit stop but at least you are changing 4 wheels and not 3.

  10. Sergio Perez (@sergio-perez) said on 11th July 2013, 4:51

    Will Buxton’s tweet is very telling. Am also anticipating what we will see in Hungary. Hope every broadcaster sticks to the new rules so that the powers that be see the results and really reconsider.And hope audiences voice their opinion.

  11. @keithcollantine some people have said it would be irrelevant… but why not having some stats graphs showin just one racer year-by-year points comparison. For example: Instead of choosing to compare Alonso and Vettel, you compare Alonso 2006 vs Alonso 2012.. probably the conversion of points could be an obstacle, so instead you could show his ranking year by year at round Nº X. That could be attached to their bio,
    I’m sorry for asking so much! But it’s for all this stuff of last year’s advantages and so on

  12. Girts (@girts) said on 11th July 2013, 7:55

    I have to agree with the COTD. Massa has been underpeforming and inconsistent since 2010. I’m not sure if his results can motivate the team, which knows that it could easily hire a quicker driver or at least someone, who is more consistent.

    That said, his loyalty to the [Alonso’s] team has helped him retain the seat so far and it’s possible that his chances to stay with Ferrari in 2014 depend more on Alonso’s results than Massa’s own performance. If Alonso is in a close fight for the title, then Ferrari will be interested to have a motivated and loyal second driver alongside him as it was the case at the end of 2012.

    It’s really one of the saddest careers that I have ever witnessed as an F1 fan. After the 2009 crash, Massa has mostly been too slow (or off the track) and his best efforts have not been rewarded enough because of bad luck or the need to help Alonso’s title bid. Unfortunately there is no happy end in sight at the moment.

    • hobo (@hobo) said on 11th July 2013, 16:12

      @girts – I don’t disagree with your points. However, the team only gets money for constructors’ points, not drivers’. It is a fine line, as they are the same thing, but an underperforming MAS hurts the team, even if it helps keep ALO happy which helps the team.

  13. stert said on 11th July 2013, 8:13

    Tires this, tires that, tires tires tires, sick to death of it! Of to follow BTCC an Moto GP least they actually race and I can watch it without lining the pocket of Murdoch(spit).

  14. salcrich said on 11th July 2013, 9:43

    Is Bernie going to buy the Nurburgring instead of going to jail in Germany – seems to have got away with his visit!!

  15. phildick (@phildick) said on 11th July 2013, 9:50

    Love the flow-chart. Looks like I should start rooting for For Force India :)

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