Pirelli to tweak tyres from Canada

By on Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Caterham F1 Team

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery has confirmed that changes will be made to the 2013 tyres.

The tweaks will come into effect from next month's Canadian Grand Prix.

Pirelli has come under criticism from some quarters, most vocally from Red Bull, with regards to the 2013-spec tyres.

Several leading drivers, including race winner Fernando Alonso, made four stops during the Spanish Grand Prix.

"From Canada changes to be made to bring back 2 to 3 stops. Some structural changes combining elements 2012 and 2013 products," Hembery posted on Twitter.

"Changes made in interests of sport," he added.

Hembery also added that it was never Pirelli's intention to produce four stop races.

"We never intended for there to be four-stop races, so we are going to make construction changes to the tyres," he told Autosport.

"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."

Pirelli will also be making alterations to prevent visibly spectacular failures suffered by Lewis Hamilton, Paul di Resta and Jean-Eric Vergne across the last couple of races, where the tread comes away rather than a complete puncture.

"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," he added.


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