Pirelli have revealed their new range of tyres for the 2013 Formula One season, promising “a revolution” with their new softer compounds and setting their sights on more pit stops per race
The Italian manufacturer is determined to help improve the show and it hopes the new softer rubber, which they believe will give drivers 0.5s per lap, will play a big role in overtaking.
The time gap between the different compounds is also expected to be half a second per lap and Pirelli believes the changes will result in least two pit stops being required per car at race this year.
“The goal is to continuously set new challenges for the drivers and to ensure all the teams start the new season on a level playing field when it comes to the tyres,” the company’s motorsport director Paul Hembery said.
“Through accumulating more information with each grand prix last year the teams eventually fully understood the tyres, after a spectacular start with seven winners in the first seven races.
“The result at the end of the year were races with less competition, and sometimes only one pit stop.
“This phenomenon was also observed in 2011, disappointing many fans and prompting some of the teams to ask us to continue developing our tyres further this year, in order to provide a fresh challenge with something different.
“Our 2013 range of tyres mixes up the tyres once more, to help overtaking, and to ensure two to three pit stops per race.”