The Italian firm, who have reportedly signed a five-year contract to continue supplying Formula 1 with tyres, recently defended this year’s range of tyres, with their motorsport director Paul Hembery branding claims that the sport has become boring due to their tyres as “nonsense.”
They will bring the white medium compound tyre and red super-soft to the Korean Grand Prix, the same compounds that they will bring to Singapore for this weekend’s Grand Prix.
Explaining the reason behind their tyre choice, Pirelli said in a statement: “The surface tends to be slippery, with a wide variety of corners and some heavy braking areas. The medium tyre copes well with the wide-ranging demands of the circuit, while the super-soft is capable of generating the highest possible levels of traction on the slippery surface.”
The next round of the 2013 season will take place at the iconic Suzuka circuit, a driver and fan favourite. The medium compound will make an appearance once again, paired with the orange-banded hard tyre.
Pirelli said on the decision: “These [tyres] are designed to soak up the high-energy demands of rapid corners such as 130R and Spoon, which characterise the famous Japanese circuit.”
India will not appear on the 2014 calendar, instead going for an early date in 2015. F1 drivers will arrive at the Buddh International Circuit with the medium and yellow-banded soft compound Pirelli’s at their disposal.
Looking ahead to this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, Paul Hembery described the unique demands of the Marina Bay Street Circuit: “The tyres we are bringing to Singapore this year represent a change from last year, when we went for super-soft and soft. This is because the tyres are generally softer across the board this year in order to maximise performance and grip. Singapore is quite bumpy – a typical feature of street circuits – and there’s lots of street furniture such as painted white lines and manholes that compromise grip and traction.”
Discussing racing at night and in the longest race of the season, he added: “We’re racing at night, which presents a unique set of parameters for the tyres to deal with when it comes to the way that track and ambient temperatures evolve. The cars also carry the heaviest fuel load of the year, which again has a direct effect on tyre wear and degradation. It’s a long race, and that gives the teams plenty of scope to come up with some interesting strategies at what is a truly spectacular event in every sense.”
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