Pirelli tyres to be “very conservative” in 2014

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Pirelli medium and hard tyresPirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery says the company plans to produce much more conservative tyres for F1 next year if they remain in the sport.

F1′s official tyre supplier’s contract expires at the end of this year. They returned to F1 in 2011 and were briefed to produce tyres which degrade quickly with the aim of producing more unpredictable racing.

Their tyres were criticised earlier this year for being too aggressive. Pirelli altered the construction of the rubber following a spate of punctures during the British Grand Prix.

And with sweeping changes being made to the design of the cars next year, Pirelli are planning to be more conservative with their design.

“We’ll probably go very conservative next year if we can,” Hembery told ESPN. “We say conservative but we might find that there’s so much torque that it becomes aggressive from this year’s conservative – but we do believe that with all the changes that the teams are going to have it’s probably a year for us to stand back and let them deal with their new challenges until maybe everything settles down.”

Hembery said the subject of tyres is likely to take a back seat in 2014: “I think next year will be a year for standing back because you don’t want to throw in tyres with the confusion of maybe teams trying to master the new powerplant.”

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72 comments on Pirelli tyres to be “very conservative” in 2014

  1. Libellula (@ladyf1fanatic) said on 24th July 2013, 12:24

    Don’t care at all… Just want to see Mercedes AMG F1 on top from now on!

    • Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 24th July 2013, 12:27

      Me too, nice to see a Mercedes fan :-)

    • dutchtreat (@dutchtreat) said on 24th July 2013, 17:08

      Though I am a die hard Williams fan, I hope there will not be a dominant team next year. It makes the racing much more interesting. Not another Newey RB year…

      • Libellula (@ladyf1fanatic) said on 24th July 2013, 17:25

        I’m not a Red Bull fan but I’d like to see the likes of Alonso, Kimi or Lewis rewarded for all the efforts they’ve been putting on track fighting a much more faster car (they deserve to have another title to their names) TBH Lotus and Mercedes have impressed me so much since last year for all the development race, resources and money they’ve put up and spent… If 2014 sets a new domination era for them even Williams, then we should be happy!

      • David-A (@david-a) said on 24th July 2013, 23:06

        @dutchtreat @ladyf1fanatic
        Four teams have won this year. I wouldn’t say any car has been “dominant”, or “much more faster”.

    • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 25th July 2013, 0:32

      @david-a to springboard from that, to me to be “dominant” you have to have won over half the races in that season. Red Bull have won 4 from 9, which isn’t over half obviously.

      So no, no team has been “dominant”: one has been better no doubt though ;)

      • dutchtreat (@dutchtreat) said on 25th July 2013, 6:31

        Vettel seems to have a lot of points though. You don’t think he is dominant?? You don’t think he is going to be WC again? I like your optimism.

  2. Daniel (@collettdumbletonhall) said on 24th July 2013, 13:10

    Any news on next years Japanese GP? I’m hoping it’s still there.

    • Daniel (@collettdumbletonhall) said on 24th July 2013, 13:11

      Sorry, thought this was the round-up.
      I’m glad they are more conservative, may make F1 bosses realise that the tyres haven’t solved F1′s problem in regards to overtaking.

  3. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 25th July 2013, 3:11

    I like this decision. It means that the talking will finally not be about the tyres anymore.
    All we hear about every race is tyres, tyres, and more tyres.

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