Pirelli wants further testing for tyres
15 May 2013 – Pirelli wants more tests to be staged in the future to avoid the issues that have arisen in the early stages of the Formula 1 season, with a series of complaints over durability leading the manufacturer to make changes for the Canadian Grand Prix onwards.
A total of three, four-day tests were held in the run up to the 2013 campaign, but Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery believes that his company requires further track time if it is to accurately match predictions and adapt to the changing speed of cars.
"With limited testing time, it’s clear now that our original 2013 tyre range was probably too performance-orientated for the current regulations," Hembery explained. "However, having identified this issue, we’re determined to rapidly resolve it.
"It’s worth underlining that the current regulations for winter tests limit the opportunity to test the tyres under the same conditions as the race season because of the lower temperature and restricted time. The teams are of the same opinion as we are in wanting longer testing times and different locations for the next tests. We developed the 2013 tyres on the basis of careful simulations that were, however, not sufficient, taking into account the improved speed of cars (up to 3 seconds per lap)."
Hembery also explained that the changes have been made to eliminate recent debris-related tyre failures, experienced by Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa during the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend plus Paul di Resta and Jean-Éric Vergne in Barcelona.