Following a discussion with the teams after the Bahrain GP, Formula One tyre supplier Pirelli has decided to make a change in the hard tyre. This means that as of the next event, the Spanish GP held at Circuit de Catalunya, the hard, orange striped tyre will be of a different type.
Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery 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, as we did in Barcelona two years ago when we also introduced a new hard tyre for the rest of the season."
Knowing that the new hard tyre will resemble more than of 2012, it will be harder than the specification used so far in 2013. Indeed, many teams were seeing very different levels in performance between the medium and hard tyres, with only the level of degradation being a differentiation.
"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.”