Pirelli is to bring an extra set of development hard tyres which teams may use during Friday practice only.
“As permitted by the current regulations, we?óÔé¼Ôäóll be supplying an extra set of prototype hard compound tyres for free practice, which will hopefully ensure that all the cars run throughout these sessions,” said Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery.
“It?óÔé¼Ôäós something we wanted to do to encourage all the teams to run as much as possible right from the start, especially with the rookie drivers, to give fans the spectacle they deserve to see.”
A plan for the extra tyres to be offered only to those running new drivers failed to gain the support of all the teams.
Pirelli has previously confirmed it will be using a new specification of hard tyre for this weekend’s race which is similar to that used last year.
“This new tyre gives us a wider working temperature window although it delivers a little bit less in terms of pure performance,” Hembery explained, “but it should allow the teams to envisage an even wider variety of race strategies than before in combination with the other compounds, which remain unchanged this year.”
“This is a decision that we?óÔé¼Ôäóve come to having looked at the data from the first four races, with the aim of further improving the spectacle of Formula One,” he added.
“In fact this is almost a tradition with us now, as we also introduced a revised version of the hard tyre for the Spanish Grand Prix in 2011, which was our first year in the sport.
“We?óÔé¼Ôäód expect the medium tyre to still be significantly faster and this is the one that the teams are likely to qualify on, whereas the hard is likely to be the preferred race tyre.”
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