Pirelli have certainly shaken up the strategies for all of the F1 teams since they have been sponsoring Formula 1. Pirelli tyres claim to have revolutionised their F1 tyres and are promising to bring all the teams back to a level playing field in 2013.
So what does 2013 have in store for Pirelli tyres? Pirelli are looking to increase thermal degradation and almost ensure the one stop strategy can no longer be opted for. Instead they are giving the drivers more performance and the confidence to overtake especially through the corners.
To quote Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery “The 2013 season continues the philosophy adopted by Pirelli last year in evolving the original 2011 range of Formula One tyres. The goal is to continuously set new challenges for the drivers and to ensure that all the teams start the new season on a level playing field when it comes to the tyres.”
The one stop pit strategy is a disappointment to the fans as it does not give an even playing field for the teams. That said the teams that went for this strategy took an incredibly brave move. I know I would not want to drive an F1 car on bald tyres!
The bright colours on the Pirelli tyres will unveil the team’s strategy as soon as the covers are removed. All the teams will keep an eye on the performance of their rivals driving on the different tyre compounds. Depending on the track a pit stop can cost anything from 30 seconds plus, so the teams have to sit and calculate the time savings they will make by bringing the driver in and changing tyres vs the cost in time it will take to pit.
The wet tyres (the blue walled tyres) have been designed to disperse the water from the track. If you get chance it is well worth looking a picture of these tyres to see how the tread pattern has been designed.