Formula One News » F1 2013 – Pirelli to change tyre compound from Canadian Grand Prix Posted on 14/05/2013
Pirelli who admitted 4 pit stops at the 2013 Spanish grand prix was too much have said they will change their tyre structures to incorporate some of the characteristics of the 2011/2012 tyres.
Paul Hembery of Pirelli told Autosport: “We never intended for there to be four-stop races, so we are going to make construction changes to the tyres.
“We will be taking some of the design of the 2013 tyres, but also some of the elements of the 2011 and 2012 products that served us so well during that period.
“We want to go back to having two or three stop races.”
“They have basically been stressing everything far too much, and probably we underestimated the performance, we cannot test with the current cars, and all we have access to is a 2010 Renault that laps four or five seconds slower than the current F1 cars do on a Sunday.
“So it was a combination of factors that have come together. We didn’t want to make too many dramatic changes, and we do not want to penalise those teams that have taken a design direction to look after the tyres.
“Equally, we had to do something to improve the situation.”
“The failures were visually spectacular, even though the tyre stayed inflated, it was a type of failure not seen in F1 before, and it was something we don’t like.
“It also helped stoke up opinions in the media, which influenced what the fans thought.”