Pirelli changes tyre allocations for next three races

2013 F1 season

Pirelli tyre, Nurburgring, 2013Pirelli will bring a different tyre allocation for the Korean, Japanese and Indian Grand Prix to those used at the races in 2012.

A more conservative selection will be used at the Korea and Suzuka circuits, whereas a softer combination will be used in India.

The hard tyre will not be taken to the Indian Grand Prix for the first time since the race was added to the calendar in 2011. Teams will have the soft and medium tyres for that race.

Pirelli will bring their hardest ever tyre combination for Suzuka, using the most durable compounds in their range: medium and hard. At Korea – as in Singapore this weekend – the medium will be used alongside the super-soft tyre.

Circuit 2013 Option 2013 Prime 2012 Option 2012 Prime 2011 Option 2011 Prime
Melbourne Super Soft Medium Soft Medium Soft Hard
Sepang Medium Hard Medium Hard Soft Hard
Shanghai Soft Medium Soft Medium Soft Hard
Bahrain Soft Hard Soft Medium No race No race
Catalunya Medium Hard Soft Hard Soft Hard
Monte-Carlo Super Soft Soft Super Soft Soft Super Soft Soft
Montreal Super Soft Medium Super Soft Soft Super Soft Soft
Silverstone Medium Hard Soft Hard Soft Hard
Nurburgring Soft Medium No race No race Soft Medium
Hungaroring Soft Medium Soft Medium Super Soft Soft
Spa-Francorchamps Medium Hard Medium Hard Soft Medium
Monza Medium Hard Medium Hard Soft Medium
Singapore Super Soft Medium Super Soft Soft Super Soft Soft
Korea Super Soft Medium Super Soft Soft Super soft Soft
Suzuka Medium Hard Soft Hard Soft Medium
Buddh Soft Medium Soft Hard Hard Soft

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29 comments on Pirelli changes tyre allocations for next three races

  1. Optimaximal (@optimaximal) said on 17th September 2013, 14:03

    Pirelli Tyres – keeping Red Bull Happy since Germany 2013…

  2. Alec Glen (@alec-glen) said on 17th September 2013, 14:06

    So despite the change back to the kevlar structure providing us with snoozefest racing we’re going more conservative on tyres at Korea and Japan?

    This is on top of the claims that last year the tyre allocations got overly conservative towards the end of the season as Pirelli were petrified that aggressive tyres could have “affected the championship” despite the fact that providing more conservative tyres tips it one way over the other.

    I guess they’ve had enough negative press this season and it’d be much easier to just give Red Bull the tyres they want to consolidate both championships again.

    • KeeleyObsessed (@keeleyobsessed) said on 17th September 2013, 14:30

      @alec-glen Pirelli changed the tyres mid-season with 2 races in mind, Spa and Suzuka. Now Spa has already gone, Pirelli naturally want to try and pick conservatively for Suzuka aswell.. I also think Korea has a few corners that are hard on the tyres. Meanwhile, India isn’t as bad on tyres, so they’ve gone softer…

      I can’t see what the issue is..

      • Alec Glen (@alec-glen) said on 18th September 2013, 17:26

        @keeleyobsessed They were overly conservative last year which made for boring 1 and 2 stop races from race 15 onwards (2 stop in Japan,Korea and 1 stop in India, Abu Dhabi, USA). Going more conservative when their remit in F1 is to provide challenging tyres providing split strategy 2 and 3 stop racing isn’t a good move in my opinion.

        @beejis60 They are in essence the same tyres as last year then which taking into account the teams’ development rates is conservative, which isn’t what they preach for the first half of the season.

        @lite992 If you go back to Pirelli’s brief which is famously to provide tyres that degrade like it’s Canada 2010, by only doing that half a season they are influencing the championship especially when when you take into account who’s doing what lobbying.

    • BJ (@beejis60) said on 17th September 2013, 18:00

      They’re *almost* the same tires as last year as Pirelli say this year’s medium is last year’s soft. Then this year’s super soft would be like a super super soft… In essence, it’s less conservative as last year’s race tires.

    • give Red Bull the tyres they want

      *sigh* This is such a ridiculous stance. Do people actually believe this or is it just to get a reaction? I despair.

    • Michael Brown (@) said on 18th September 2013, 0:02

      In that case supplying tires is affecting the championship. Maybe they should race without tires so the championship doesn’t get affected too much.

  3. mnmracer (@mnmracer) said on 17th September 2013, 14:42

    I can’t say the premise of tires that can be pushed at Suzuka sounds so bad.

  4. sato113 (@sato113) said on 17th September 2013, 14:46

    typo keith: you mean to say 2012 when you say 2013

  5. I’m surprised these tyres were not used at Suzuka before, the track nature resembles high wear, so I think Pirelli’s choice is par for the course.

  6. Didn’t Luca Montezemolo have anything to say about this?

  7. Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 17th September 2013, 16:24

    Can anyone remind me why in India 2011 the softer tyre was the prime, and the harder one the option? Did this happen anywhere else?

  8. I am happy for India. The track has had boring 1-stop races so far. In fact, I think no one apart from Vettel has even led a lap there. Hopefully, the softer allocation allows for more strategy variance

  9. Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 18th September 2013, 13:04

    This is a mediocre descision by Pirelli, I will always defend them if someone says they built **** but this I cant defend. The tyres are now safe enough, there is no reason why we cant stay on the same course just like in the earlier part of the season. The tyres needed the overhaul the got but in the end Rb still got more conservative tyre choices they begged for.

    Then again we saw the same thing in 2011 and 2012, so none of this should be a real surprise.

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