Paul Hembery has revealed that the ethos of ‘spicing up the show’ will prevail in the Pirelli tyres they will supply to the field for the 2013 season, and will continue to provide teams with challenging decisions, and perhaps some surprises, when it comes to deciding race tyre strategies.
Speaking to Sky Sports Hembery said, “We’ve had a good look at what we did last year and what worked – maybe towards the end of the season we were a little bit too conservative and we are hoping we can give a challenge.”
“It probably won’t be the same as 2012, because the cars aren’t changing a great deal – the platform the teams are working with is very similar so they will understand their vehicle a lot which means they will be able to get the maximum out of the tyres a lot quicker than what they did in 2012. Having said that, we will be taking a more aggressive approach [with] more aggressive compounds and we hope we can create some element of surprise,” said Hembery.
With rules remaining stable in 2013, followed by a major revolution in 2014, teams embraced the concept of limited changes.
The Pirelli boss acknowledged, “We are pleased the teams didn’t feel that huge changes needed to be made – they will alter the aerodynamics a bit, but with major changes coming in 2014, the teams will be glad [that] they don’t have a major challenge in mastering the tyres this year.”
“We will see how winter testing goes – it can be a bit strange as conditions are abnormal, apart from in Austin where we saw temperatures of 7 degrees on one morning session, that’s abnormal as well, we’d usually have 15 degrees plus and the winter testing tends to be below 15 °C which can give you rather strange results in terms of compound performance,” added Hembery.
Super-soft option tyres were only used four times in the twenty races, but the Englishman admits that they could have been used more often during the course of last season.
“We could have used them in the last four races actually. That is the stage it had got to and that is because the teams are very good at their jobs. They have the best engineers in the world, the best drivers and they really found a way of not degrading the tyres, not graining them and we hope we can give them another push in that direction to maybe create two or three pit-stops,” revealed Hembery.
However, he cautioned, “I’m not saying we are always going to use the super-soft, but we can make more aggressive choices for sure.” (GP247)
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