Pirelli looks set to ‘review’ its new tyres for the 2013 Formula One season after a chorus of complaints that the new compounds are too extreme and force drivers to be conservative.
Now Paul Hembery, motorsport director for Pirelli tyres, appears to have ended days of speculation about the future of the new tyres by telling Spain’s Marca sports newspaper: “It’s still early, but after the fourth race, Bahrain, we will review the compounds.”
As F1 fans know, after taking over from Bridgestone as the sole tyre supplier three years ago, Pirelli was charged with creating new tyres that would spice up the action on the track and make the sport more exciting for spectators.
But Mercedes and Red Bull have complained that the new tyres are actually penalising the best Formula One cars.
Mercedes ace Lewis Hamilton has bemoaned the fact that Pirelli’s new tyres are playing to the strategic side of the sport, as opposed to the ‘pure speed racing’ of the past.
“These tyres make it very hard [for all the drivers],” Hamilton explained. Then he added: “It’s not the same as back in the day when you had stints where you are pushing to the maximum the whole time, you had tyres that would last.
“Now you’re just… it’s like you have a hundred dollars and you have to spend it wisely over a period of time. It makes racing a lot different.
“It’s more strategic rather than pure speed racing.”
So roll on Sunday 21 April and the Bahrain Grand Prix so we can find out what changes – if anything – Pirelli plan to make to their new tyres.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team