Interesting to see that Pirelli has introduced some changes to its new tyres for the 2013 season, following weeks of criticism from several teams and drivers.
The P Zero Orange hard tyres and P Zero White medium tyres have been nominated for the Spanish Grand Prix, but there will be some changes to the new tyres at the famous Circuit de Catalunya this year, according to Pirelli.
The P Zero Orange hard tyres have evolved, with the objective of opening up even more possibilities for strategy and there will also be an extra set of new tyres – a prototype hard tyre – allocated for free practice to encourage all the teams to run throughout the entire length of the sessions, rather than opt to conserve tyres for the rest of the race weekend.
These new tyres will not be the same as the P Zero Orange hard tyres used for the rest of the weekend, but are instead a specially-created compound with the emphasis on durability so that the teams run for as long as possible. To distinguish the new tyres, they will not carry any colour markings.
Paul Hembery, director of motorsport for Pirelli tyres, commented on the new tyres: “We’re introducing a revised version of our hard tyre in Spain, which is closer in characteristics to the 2012 tyre.”
He explained that the new tyres will offer teams: “a wider working temperature window – although it delivers a little bit less in terms of pure performance – 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’ve come to having looked at the data from the first four races, with the aim of further improving the spectacle of Formula One. 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’d 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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Alex Kapadia, Operations Team