F1 teams will understand tyres better this year
BERLIN (dpa) – Formula One teams will need some time to understand this year’s tyres but should face fewer problems in adapting than they did last year, Pirelli’s motorsport chief Paul Hembery told dpa in an interview.
The Italian manufacturer has changed the compounds and structure of this year’s tyres, but unlike 2012 F1 teams have not had to face major technical changes to their cars which will be an advantage, Hembery told dpa.
“The cars this year are starting on a platform which is similar to 2012. The teams will understand far better the issues of setting up the car to get the best out of the tyres,” he said.
“I am quite sure that this year they will rapidly get an understanding of how to get the maximum performance out of the package of car and tyres.”
Pirelli has six types of tyres, four for dry conditions and two in the case of rain.
According to regulations, both compounds, prime (harder) and option (softer) compounds must be used in a dry race. Hembery expects teams will need a similar period of time to last season to really understand how to get the best of the new tyres.
“Probably after seven and eight races because by then you have encountered a mix of circuits going through to Monaco when you are on a street circuit,” he said.
However, the 2013 season is unlikely to see a repeat of last season’s start which saw seven different winners in seven races because “it’s going to be a little bit easier for everybody considering that the cars haven’t changed so dramatically.”