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Pirelli announces late change to Bahrain tire choice

Apr 16, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

A Caterham Formula One team member inspects Pirelli tires near the pits at the Suzuka circuit Reuters

Pirelli has changed its choice of tires for the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend.

The official F1 tire supplier originally selected the soft and hard tire compounds for this weekend’s race. But in a late change the medium tire will now be used instead of the soft.

Pirelli’s soft tire came in for criticism during the Chinese Grand Prix weekend as drivers were only able to run it for short stints before it needed to be replaced.

Most drivers used the soft tire for only five or six laps during the race. Mark Webber ditched his after a single lap.

But Pirelli said the decision not to bring the soft tire to Bahrain was made before the race in China.

“When we made the allocation choices for Bahrain in December of last year, we had not done one winter test, let alone a race,” said motorsport director Paul Hembery.

“Our initial choice for Bahrain was soft and hard, but once we had seen the new generation of our tires run in Malaysia, a track similar to Bahrain, we decided that the combination medium and hard would be better suited for the Bahrain circuit.”

The medium and hard tire combination to be used this weekend is the same as was used for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Hembery added Bahrain is “one of the most demanding tracks of the year for the tires, mostly because of the high ambient and track temperatures”. Three-stop strategies were the norm in last year’s race and Pirelli expect that to be the same this weekend.

  1. wallio - Apr 16, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Had to read the article a few times to figure out that its now Medium/Hard. Your opening paragraph is confusing and makes it sound like just the medium will be there.

    • icemanpjn - Apr 16, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      I get what you mean and I thought the same, but only for 0.3 seconds before thinking it had to mean a demotion of both compounds since we always have two.

    • apexassassin - Apr 16, 2013 at 11:09 PM

      Yeah…. trying to maximize the hype. Softs are nixed for Mediums, Hards remain the prime all 3 stops are still the plan.

      Gotta wonder though, with all Hembrey’s mouthing off about how Pirelli know everything and are great for F1 that they had to revise their allotments because their tires degrade.faster than they intended…

      man I really dislike Pirelli’s impact on F1.

  2. bikingscr016 - Apr 17, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Hembrey’s defense of their tires is comical at this point. Everyone can see their tires falling apart all over the track

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