Pirelli: New tires won’t change racing

New tires won’t really change formula one racing, says Pirelli

Pirelli has now issued a formal statement confirming its intention to give each driver two sets of "experimental" tires for the Friday of the Canadian GP.

It confirms that the intention is to race them from Silverstone – and insists that wear and performance characteristics will not be affected.

The good news for North American fans is that it does at least mean that there will be a lot more running than usual in Montreal on Friday, assuming that it doesn’t rain. The statement reads as follows:

The Formula One teams will have an opportunity to test the new range of Pirelli P Zero tires during free practice at the Canadian Grand Prix, while the tires used for the actual race will remain in their original 2013 specification.

In order to provide some testing time before any new range of tires is introduced, the P Zero White medium and P Zero Red supersoft for Canada will be in exactly the same specification as that which the teams started the season, with no adjustments.

This new tire will be brought to Canada as an experimental tire for free practice, as allowed by the current regulations. Each driver will receive two sets of this new medium compound for use during Friday’s two sessions only.

Following feedback from the teams and drivers, the new specification of tire is then set to be introduced from the British Grand Prix at the end of June, and will remain in place until the end of the year.

The aim of introducing the new tire is to prevent any instances of the tread detaching itself from the structure. However, the performance and wear characteristics of the new tire will not be significantly different, with the aim of keeping up the spectacle and retaining a strategic element to all the races.

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