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All drivers to get extra tires in Barcelona practice

May 6, 2013, 9:00 AM EST

A Red Bull Formula One team member inspects Pirelli tyres near the pits at the Chinese F1 Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit

Pirelli will allocate an extra set of tires to all the teams in practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.

F1′s official tire supplier is bringing an experimental new hard tire for teams to run on Friday only during the Spanish Grand Prix weekend.

“It’s something we wanted to do to encourage all the teams to run as much as possible right from the start, especially with the rookie drivers, to give fans the spectacle they deserve to see,” said Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery.

Some practice sessions this year have seen limited running due to the limited life of the tires and restriction on number of tires available during a race weekend.

The supply of extra tires will not be limited to those who run a new driver during practice, as had previously been planned to give more testing opportunities to young racers.

Top teams bosses said during the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend they wanted the tires to be available to all teams regardless of whether they gave practice time to non-race drivers.

“It would be difficult to explain to the people that are in the grandstands that Mr X had an extra set of tires to run and Alonso, Hamilton or whatever it is, is not running because that extra set of tires is just for the rookies,” said Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali.

  1. apexassassin - May 6, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Good! More cars on track. How effing hard was that? Fucking Pirelli, SUUUUUUUUUCK.

    I love they had to bring out the 2012 Hard spec because the 2013 Softs were expected to last just 7 laps on low fuel on a rubbered in track.

    I can’t believe Pirelli are getting another contract. :(

  2. icemanpjn - May 6, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Apexass, you’re ignorant. Stop posting because you have no idea what you’re talking about.

    All the tire issues aren’t by fault of Pirelli. They’re offering what their customer, the FIA, specifically wanted. This is all actually unfair to Pirelli because people treat them like they’re incompetent and make horrible tires, when in fact their customer wanted tires to fall apart quickly. I don’t know that they can quite match the awesome Bridgestones, but I’m sure they can make much more durable tires if the FIA wanted that.

    • indycarseries500 - May 6, 2013 at 12:45 PM

      I’m not the only person who understands this!!! right on iceman!

  3. techmeister1 - May 6, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Knowledgeable people understand that there is nothing wrong with the tires and that they are what the FIA has requested. It would not matter what tires are provided there will always be a few teams that use the tires as an excuse for their poor performance. It will be good to heave some more tires to work with in Barcelona.

    I laugh at apexassassin. If he drives like he runs his mouth, he probably wouldn’t know an apex from a cow pasture. Maybe his real name is just ass?

  4. purplesectornet - May 9, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Apex the ape…at it again…biggest tool on the internet who opines on racing…sad thing is he thinks he knows what he is talking about…lol…

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