Pirelli, Formula 1’s official tyre supplier, has announced that it will introduce a more robust and durable Hard compound tyre from the Spanish Grand Prix onwards.
After intense criticism over the durability and wear of its 2013-spec tyres, the tyre maker has confirmed that it will revert to a compound that more closely mirrors the specification used in 2012.
Concerns over the lifespan of the Pirelli dry-weather compounds have been apparent since pre-season testing, and after a challenging Chinese Grand Prix – where the Soft-compound tyre barely lasted a lap before falling to pieces – Pirelli opted to change its tyre allocations for the following race in Bahrain.
Following a meeting of senior Pirelli leadership and engineers, it was agreed that a tweak to the Hard compound tyres would be made for the upcoming race in Barcelona and the remainder of the season.
“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,” Pirelli Motorsport Director, Paul Hembery, explained.
“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.”
Pirelli has also confirmed that its Soft and Supersoft compounds will be on offer for the Monaco Grand Prix in late May, while the following Grand Prix in Canada will feature the Supersoft and Medium compounds.