Hembery: We will be taking a more aggressive approach


Paul Hembery

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.

Pirelli tyre is marked. Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Preparations, Montreal, Canada, Thursday 7 June 2012.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.”

Formula One World Championship, Rd20 Brazilian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 24 November 2012.“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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  • Nowhereman

    Bring back re-fueling and two tire manufacturers to make this thing compertitive again.
    No tire MFG should dictate how races are run, period…
    Don’t get me started on the rest of the circus.

  • JodyRenza

    Pirelli must surely be enjoying more publicity than any tyre suppliers ever because of the way races are going these days!!
    If Bernie needs some more action, yes I agree, bring back refuelling!!

  • Pissed

    2013 is the last year of F1 as we know it. 2014 ushers in a new era of mediocrity with the introduction of 6cyl racing. Seriously, a super car race series of 6 cylinders? WTF?
    Tires, DRS, KERS…..It means nothing, just like 6 cylinder racing passed off as the “Pinnacle of motorsports.”
    Who in their right mind is going to be inspired to buy a 6 cylinder Ferrari or any other super car?
    To add insult to injury, they switch to NBC for the broadcasting.

    Oh well, I am just going to try enjoying the last season of REAL F1 racing. I’ll find something else to do for 2014 and beyond.

  • Nowhereman

    Here is the fix.
    A power to weight ratio so that they can run any motor design they want.
    Two tire companies.
    Ground effects and traction control are fine.
    Re-fueling brought back and shit can KERs.

  • Butterfly


    Hey, I like your thinking.

  • fools


    I concur