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Pirelli will review tires after opening races

Apr 2, 2013, 5:03 AM EDT

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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.

  1. apexassassin - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Better still, let the FIA and FOM review Pirelli. Hembry is just a well-oiled politician who’s goal is to stay in F1 and reap the accolades that comes with supplying the highest level of motorsport.

    I personally think it’s silly to bring tyres that can’t be used at race speed. In fact it’s not silly, it’s pathetic and ruins the F1 spectacle.

  2. gowhitten - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Pirelli tires have always been substandard performance tires. For some reason they always review well (must be the advertising money), but put them on your car and you will regret it.

  3. alicesrightfootesq - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    I thought this is what Bernie wanted from Pirelli? Is this “we’ll review the tyres” talk just non-sense then?

  4. Raggs - Apr 7, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Yes, the Red Bulls aren’t winning by 30 seconds every race like last year, please change the tires.

    How about tires that don’t fall apart after 4 laps. The sport is becoming hard to watch.

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