Teams test new range of Pirelli Formula One tires

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Teams test new range of Pirelli Formula One tires

The Formula One teams tested the range of Pirelli tyres that will be used from the Hungarian Grand Prix onwards during a three-day test at Silverstone.

As well as giving teams a chance to run young drivers – as the test was officially designated a young driver test – the regular race drivers were also allowed to take part, provided they completed a tyre test according to a run plan specified by Pirelli. By the end of the three-day test, the teams had collected plenty of data that will be useful for the rest of the season.

However, with the new tyre specification consisting of the 2012 construction matched to the 2013 compounds, the teams already have a lot of information about the constituent elements of the new tyres – so there were no big surprises.

Testing Quote:

Paul Hembery (Pirelli motorsport director): “We think that everybody achieved their objectives from these three days of running at Silverstone. From our point of view, we made the most of this opportunity to gather data that will help us best meet the needs of the Formula One teams in the future. While modern-day simulation is extremely advanced, there are some things that you can still only find out from running on a track with a representative car, so we would like to thanks all the teams and the governing body for their cooperation in helping us to achieve this. The tyres all ran reliably throughout the three days of the test, although of course you cannot compare the times to those seen in the British Grand Prix because the track conditions and other car parameters were different. The established performance of the 2012 structure, consolidated with the speed of the current compounds, is set to provide an interesting mix of strategies for the races ahead. The teams already have a lot of information about the shape and deformation of this tyre from the previous season, and the three days at Silverstone was useful to assess the effect that this will have on the 2013 cars, with positive results.”

Testing Facts:

  •   The teams are usually allocated 100 sets of tyres per year for testing purposes (although an additional 12 sets were granted for Silverstone) with all the compounds in the range available to test. It is up to the teams to choose the number of sets and compounds they would like to evaluate per test.
  •   In addition to this, a new prototype hard compound was available for testing in Silverstone, for use by the current race drivers only. This harder version of the hard compound was tried out during free practice for the Spanish and British Grands Prix.

Testing numbers:

  • Total number of sets brought to Silverstone: 344 sets which equals 1,376 tyres

           – of which soft tyres: 29 sets
           – of which medium tyres: 105 sets
           – of which hard tyres: 139 sets
           – of which prototype hard tyres: 25 sets
           – of which intermediate tyres: 30 sets
           – of which wet tyres: 16 sets

  • Total amount of sets used: 224

            – of which soft tyres: 18 sets
            – of which medium tyres: 84 sets
            – of which hard tyres: 107 sets
            – of which prototype hard tyres: 15 sets
            – of which intermediate tyres: 0 sets
            – of which wet tyres: 0 sets

  • Longest run: 

                               17 laps on the hard compound
                               18 laps of the prototype hard compound
                               16 laps on the medium compound
                               11 laps on the soft compound

  • Lowest / highest ambient temperature over three days: 19 °C (Day 2)/ 28 °C (Day 1)
  • Lowest / highest track temperature over three days: 27 °C (Day 2/3) / 45 °C (Day 1/3)

Testing Times:

Day 1

1. Kevin Magnussen (McLaren) 1m33.602s Medium New
2. Paul Di Resta (Force India) 1m33.774s Prototype Hard New
3. Antonio Felix Da Costa (Red Bull) 1m33.821s Hard New

Day 2

1. Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso) 1m32.972s Medium Used
2. Carlos Sainz Jr. (Toro Rosso) 1m33.016s Soft New
3. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) 1m33.187s Hard New

Day 3

1. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 1m32.894s Medium New
2. Adrian Sutil (Force India) 1m33.242s  Medium New 
3. Nicolas Prost (Lotus) 1m33.256s  Medium New 

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