‘Tyre change will have less of an impact’

Changes to the Formula One tyres due to be introduced next month will be less dramatic than some have feared or hoped for,supplier Pirelli said on Monday.

London | Published: May 21, 2013 1:23 am

Changes to the Formula One tyres due to be introduced next month will be less dramatic than some have feared or hoped for,supplier Pirelli said on Monday. Motorsport director Paul Hembery said that the Italian company would find a solution that all teams could agree on without the outcome having a major impact on the championship.

He said the aim was “to make the changes that you have to make with minimal disturbance to the sporting equity.

“What we’re trying to do is find the mid ground and that’s where we’re at. The changes required would appear less than first envisaged.”

Pirelli said last week,after a Spanish Grand Prix crammed with pitstops and some eye-catching tyre failures in practice,that they would change the structure and compounds of their tyres from the Canadian Grand Prix — round seven of 19 — in Montreal on June 9.

The move drew criticism from Lotus and Ferrari,the two teams who have most to lose from any changes after adapting their cars to the 2013 tyres more successfully than others including champions Red Bull. Lotus principal Eric Boullier last week likened the changes to shortening the length of a pitch at half time in a soccer match because one team could not run as fast as their opponents. Ferrari,in a Horse Whisperer column on their website,complained of rivals having selective memories when they criticised the tyres.

The sporting regulations state that tyre specifications cannot be changed during a championship season without the agreement of all competing teams,unless it is for safety reasons.

That would cover certain structural changes,with Pirelli eager to rectify a situation where treads on rear tyres have been peeling off – ‘delaminating’ – without the tyre itself deflating when penetrated by debris.

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