Teams to sample 2013 tyres in Brazil
20 November 2012 – Pirelli will take sets of experimental 2013 tyres to Brazil as the Formula 1 season climaxes at Interlagos this weekend. For next season, the four Slick compounds will retain their Hard, Medium, Soft and Super Soft labels but all four will be softer.
“We’ll be taking some of our 2013 prototype tyres to Brazil in order for the teams to get a taste of them during free practice,” explains Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery. “With no testing until February otherwise, this will be an extremely valuable opportunity for them to see what our new tyres are like as they finalise their 2013 cars – so let’s hope that it doesn’t rain on Friday!
“Both the compounds and construction will be different, which means that the characteristics of the new tyres will be altered, with a wider working range and some compounds that are slightly more aggressive.
"We’ve yet to finalise where exactly all the compounds will sit in relation to each other, which is why we are calling the tyre to be used in Brazil a ‘prototype’ rather than giving it a specific nomination, but it will be very representative of our general design philosophy next year.”
Over recent weeks, many fans and F1 insiders alike have been requesting wider operating windows for 2013, as the teams have now mastered the current compounds which is allowing for more processional, one-stop races.
“We’re looking forward to hearing the feedback from the teams about it and of course sending our 2012 tyres out in style at what is usually a very demanding and thrilling race in Brazil,” Hembery concludes.
For Round 20, the two Slick compounds on offer will again be the silver-marked Hards and white-marked Mediums. However it is likely the Intermediate and Wet types (green and blue markings, respectively) will be rolled out as weather forecasters continue to predict that rain will affect proceedings in São Paulo.