Apr 2, 2013, 5:03 AM EDT
Pirelli have indicated they may alter their tire compounds after the first four races of the season have been completed.
Formula One’s official tire supplier has been under pressure from Red Bull to alter its compounds.
Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery told Autosport “wheel to wheel stuff… is something we will have to review after four races. It is still very early days.”
However he added that making changes that were perceived to be for the benefit of a single team would “have the whole paddock in uproar”.
Red Bull have criticized the 2013-specification tires as they feel they are unable to run flat-out on them throughout races.
Mark Webber has been one of the most vociferous critics of the rubber: “You watch Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer play each other and it’s playing with the lines, it’s playing with precision for a five set match and we all enjoy watching that but at the moment we’re driving at eight and a half tenths, eight tenths, conserving our pace,” he said in Malaysia.
Pirelli have produced a softer range of tires for the 2013 season. It will bring the soft and medium compounds for the Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai, the same selection as last year.
In Bahrain the teams will use the soft and hard tires – the latter replacing the mediums that were used in 2012.
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