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Pirelli change tire compounds for Hungarian GP

Jul 11, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

A mechanic arranges Pirelli tyres in the paddock ahead of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix in Montmelo Reuters

Pirelli have changed their tire allocation for the Hungarian Grand Prix at the end of the month following a successful race in Germany that saw no failures or major issues with their compounds.

The Italian tire supplier had initially planned to bring its two hardest compounds – hard and medium – to the race, confusing many as the Hungaroring has been known to be particularly sympathetic on tires in the past, with Pirelli bringing their softest compound (supersoft) to the race in 2011. However, the decision has been taken to use the medium and soft tire at the grand prix, matching the compounds used at last season’s race which was won by Lewis Hamilton for McLaren.

The race in Hungary will mark the introduction of the 2012 tire constructions using the 2013 compounds following safety fears after the fiasco that ensued at the British Grand Prix. The Grand Prix Drivers’ Association’s members had threatened to boycott the last race in Germany if their safety could not be guaranteed, but thankfully the race went ahead with no problems using the ‘prototype’ 2013 tire which will now be shelved for the time being.

Pirelli had sought to alter last year’s tires in order to avoid the succession of one-stop races that ensued towards the end of 2012. However, this should be avoided this season as the 2013 compounds are used with the 2012 construction, meaning a continuation of the wear rates we have seen so far this season. This does mean that teams will need to make subtle changes to their setups as the 2012 tires are a slightly different shape which could affect the aerodynamic balance of a car.

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