Pirelli hard compound changes

Formula One tyre manufacturer forced to make changes to Pirelli hard compound tyre

The Pirelli hard compound tyre will become more durable following criticism in the opening 4 rounds of the 2013 Formula One World Championship. Multiple tyre failures at the Bahrain Grand Prix were the latest problems for Pirelli, forcing a 5 place grid penalty for Lewis Hamilton and multiple pitstops for Felipe Massa during the Grand Prix due to tyre failures.

Pirelli hard compound tyre

Changes have been made to the Pirelli hard compound tyre for the 2013 F1 season. © 2013 Pirelli

Motorsport Director at Pirelli, Paul Hembery announced the changes on Thursday morning: “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, as we did in Barcelona two years ago when we also introduced a new hard tyre for the rest of the season.”

Hembery continued, “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.”

These changes were announced along with the tyre nominations for the following three Grand Prix in Spain, Monte Carlo and Canada. Teams will be eager to learn more about the new tyre compound as it will be used for the next Grand Prix in two weeks time at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain.

Tyre nominations for 2013 Spanish Grand Prix: Medium & Hard

Tyre nominations for 2013 Monte Carlo Grand Prix: Supersoft & Soft

Tyre nominations for 2013 Canadian Grand Prix: Supersoft & Medium 

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