By Alex Kapadia
Pirelli is set to try out a new version of its soft tyres during the Friday practice session ahead of the weekend’s German Grand Prix.
Paul Hembery, motorsport director for the Italian tyres manufacturer, said the revised compound was part of efforts to make the Pirelli range slightly more durable to ensure the number of pitstops in races did not become excessive.
He revealed: “It’s not a big change from the current specification, but it is designed to fit in line with our latest versions of the P Zero Silver hard tyre and P Zero White medium, both of which are a little harder than their original specification in order to reduce degradation.”
Hembery added that the tyre was still being evaluated at present and there were no firm plans for its introduction.
“There’s no decision yet on when we might use the new tyre yet, but it will be very interesting to hear all the feedback from the teams,” he said.