F1’s official tyre supplier says the new hard tyre will be similar in construction to that used last year,
Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery said: “After evaluating tyre performance over the balance of the first four races, we took the decision ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ in consultation with all of the teams ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ to change the hard compound from Spain onwards, as we did in Barcelona two years ago when we also introduced a new hard tyre for the rest of the season.”
“This latest version of the hard compound is much closer to the 2012 tyre, with the aim of giving the teams more opportunity to run a wider range of strategies in combination with the other compounds, which remain unchanged.”
Although the aggressiveness of Pirelli’s 2013 tyres had been criticised by some teams, such as Red Bull, Pirelli claim the majority of teams support their choice of compounds.
The new hard tyre will be used for the first time at the next round, the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya, where it has been allocated along with the medium tyre.
Pirelli will bring the soft and super-soft tyres for Monaco, and the super-soft and medium tyres for Canada.
2011-2013 F1 tyre allocations
|Circuit||2013 Option||2013 Prime||2012 Option||2012 Prime||2011 Option||2011 Prime|
|Bahrain||Soft||Hard||Soft||Medium||No race||No race|
|Monte-Carlo||Super Soft||Soft||Super Soft||Soft||Super Soft||Soft|
|Montreal||Super Soft||Medium||Super Soft||Soft||Super Soft||Soft|
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