Feb 27, 2013, 8:37 AM EDT
Pirelli do not believe the high levels of tire degradation seen in testing will be repeated in the races.
F1’s official tire supplier has produced a softer range of compounds for the 2013 season. During testing some drivers have reported only being able to turn one quick lap before the rubber starts to degrade.
But Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery said this was a common problem in testing due to track temperatures being lower than they are during race weekends:
“The last test at Barcelona was affected by bad weather, which meant that we experienced more degradation than usual due to the tires not being able to operate within their intended working range.
“Hopefully this time we will find conditions that are slightly more representative, which will allow the teams to collect more relevant data.”
The final four-day test begins at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, tomorrow. Teams will have access to Pirelli’s full range of tires including the four dry weather compounds: hard, medium, soft and super-soft.
The medium, soft and super-soft tires retain the same colorings as last year: white, yellow and red respectively. The new hard tire has orange markings.
As well as producing softer tires Pirelli are choosing softer tires from their range for some of the races. For the season-opener at Melbourne drivers will have the medium and super-soft tires That’s a stage softer than Pirelli supplied for the same race on its return to F1 two years ago, when the hard and soft tires were used.
Pirelli expect most races will feature two or three pit stops per driver in 2013.
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