Pirelli announce changes to the hard compound tyre
The P Zero orange-banded hard tyre that will make its debut in Spain will be similar to the performance of the 2012 hard compound, being more durable. Pirelli’s Motorsport Director Paul Hembery said that the move has come after evaluating the tyre performances from the first four rounds of the season.
Discussing in a press release from the Italian firm he said “After evaluating tyre performance over the balance of the first four races, we took the decision – in consultation with all of the teams – to change the hard compound from Spain onwards”
The move is similar to what happened in 2011 where Pirelli also changed the hard tyre compound for Formula 1’s return to Europe. “As we did in Barcelona two years ago when we also introduced a new hard tyre for the rest of the season. This latest version of the hard compound is much closer to the 2012 tyre, with the aim of giving the teams more opportunity to run a wider range of strategies in combination with the other compounds, which remain unchanged.”
For the fifth round of the 2013 Formula 1 World Championship, Pirelli will bring along the re-structured orange Hard tyre alongside the white-ribboned medium. They cited the high demands and energy of the Circuit de Catalunya for allocating the two most durable compounds.
The sport will then move on to the principality of Monaco, where the red super-soft and yellow soft tyre will be brought. This is the same line-up as the previous two years with the firm saying the tyres are “ideal” for the tight and twisty streets of Monte Carlo.
Canada will be the next race on the calendar and Pirelli are bringing the super-soft and the medium compound tyres to Montreal, the same compound choice as the season opener in Australia. Discussing their choices the tyre supplier said the two compounds have a “low working range” that will be “well-suited to the low ambient temperatures and specific requirements of the Montreal track.”
Six sets of the harder compound and five sets of the softer rubber will be allocated to each car, with four sets of intermediates and three sets of wet tyres being brought too.
The changes and allocations have come after close evaluation of the tyre compounds and the mixed response to the 2013 rubber during the first four rounds of the season.
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