F1 2013 – Pirelli hope tyre changes won’t change grid order

Formula One News » F1 2013 – Pirelli hope tyre changes won’t change grid order

Pirelli insist they are changing the 2013 F1 tyres for themselves and not to benefit any particular team, Paul Hembery of Pirelli hopes it will not dramatically shake up the order of the grid and give Red Bull and advantage.

Speaking to Autosport he said “There have been concerns from some of the teams that the changes will favour one team or another, but we don’t think that will be the case,”

“These changes are being made for Pirelli, not for anyone else. We need to get the balance right.

“We didn’t want to over-react, because by doing that we could then be helping certain teams.”

When asked if the changes would allow a team like Red Bull to dominate he said “We would hope not. But of course we always face that risk.”

“People will say it is pressure from Red Bull, but there has not been excessive pressure from them,”

“In fairness to Christian Horner [team principal], a lot more has been said in the media this week than what they have told me.”


  1. BobMendon
    Posted 14/05/2013 at 12:44 | Permalink

    Let’s see…Italian tyre manufacturer….favors an Italian car….don’t want to favor a non-Italian team? Duh! I’m sure Ferrari wants to see it stay just like it is.

  2. KevinW
    Posted 14/05/2013 at 17:52 | Permalink

    Pirelli has to go. They are proving incapable of delivering a tire with the degradation desired by the sporting body, with the level of consistency required by teams to design and tune their cars to. Lotus think they have it under control, but they are consistently .5 to 1s off the pace, and covering that by Kimi’s effort and fewer stops. That is hardly real racing. This is going to go down as one of the most goofed up seasons in F1 history, and it all falls on Pirelli’s shoulders. Regardless of rate of degradation, predictability is essential. With predictable behavior, all teams are equal in dealing with the capabilities of the tires and the issue then becomes managing within those expectations. Without reliability and predictability, each race is a mix of guessing, luck, and conditions magically aligning. The teams are not frustrated by tire wear, or short stints, they are simply fed up with being unable to predict what the junk Pirelli is making will do, track by track, and lap by lap. This is not racing, it’s a joke, and not a very funny one at that.

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