Pirelli changes Bahrain tyre allocation
17 April 2013 – Sole Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli has decided to make a late change to its allocation for the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend, removing the Soft compound and replacing it with the Medium rubber amid fears over intense degradation at the Sakhir venue.
At last weekend's Chinese Grand Prix, no driver completed more than seven laps on the softer Option rubber, leading the Italian manufacturer to make the change for what it has described as "one of the most demanding tracks" of the season.
"Bahrain is one of the most demanding tracks for the tyres, mostly because of the high ambient and track temperatures," said Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery. "We expect about three stops per car, although we’ll have to wait to get some running on Friday before we can look at the data and make a more accurate prediction.
"One of the main challenges of racing in Bahrain is that the track evolution is very hard to predict, depending on how much sand is blown onto the circuit. From what we saw last year though, there will be plenty of scope for different race strategies, which can even allow drivers who have not qualified as well as they hoped to recover."
The Medium tyre will be used in conjunction with the Hard compound in Bahrain.