Pirelli changes Hard compound tyre
25 April 2013 – Sole Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli has announced that it will be introducing a more durable Hard compound for the Spanish Grand Prix onwards, with the manufacturer reverting back to a version "much closer" to its 2012 predecessor.
Red Bull has been at the front of a push to change the new-for-2013 compounds since the start of the season, expressing concerns over the life of the various tyre steps. However, in the wake of the Bahrain Grand Prix, the brand insisted that most teams were happy with the rubber and said no major changes would be made.
In a meeting at the Pirelli headquarters in Milan, during which key members of the company evaluated the opening four races, the minor Hard tyre tweak was agreed.
"After evaluating tyre performance over the balance of the first four races, we took the decision – in consultation with all of the teams – to change the Hard compound from Spain onwards, as we did in Barcelona two years ago when we also introduced a new Hard tyre for the rest of the season," explained Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery.
"This latest version of the Hard compound is much closer to the 2012 tyre, with the aim of giving the teams more opportunity to run a wider range of strategies in combination with the other compounds, which remain unchanged."
For the Monaco Grand Prix, Pirelli has been confirmed that the Super Soft and Soft tyres will be used, while the Super Soft and Medium rubber will be brought to Canada.