It’s not too much longer until the new season of Formula 1 and 2013 is set to bring more exciting races and feature more pit stops. Changes to Pirelli’s tyres in the construction and the rubber compounds means that they will need to be changed more frequently. This will mean that drivers will need to pit at least twice during the race therefore increasing the chance of overtaking.
The tyre company have also changed the colour coding to orange for 2013 on the ‘hard’ compound tyres as the previous silver colouring was difficult to see when the cars were racing around the track.
Motorsport director for Pirelli Paul Hembrey said “The goal is to continuously set new challenges for the drivers and to ensure all the teams start the new season on a level playing field when it comes to the tyres,”
“Through accumulating more information with each grand prix last year the teams eventually fully understood the tyres, after a spectacular start with seven winners in the first seven races.
“It resulted at the end of the year in races with less competition, and sometimes only one pit stop.
“This phenomenon was also observed in 2011, disappointing many fans and prompting some of the teams to ask us to continue developing our tyres further this year, in order to provide a fresh challenge with something different.
“Our 2013 range of tyres mixes up the tyres once more, to help overtaking, and to ensure two to three pit stops per race.”
There has been a significant pattern in the last two seasons with the early races having more pit stops and the number of stops subsequently reducing as the season progresses and the teams suss out how to use their tyres more effectively.
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