Fresh from the decision to bring a revised hard compound to the Spanish Grand Prix, Pirelli have now revealed they will also be providing some extra sets of tyres to teams to try and encourage running in practice.
This season has seen tyre conservation reach a tipping point, with drivers content to wait in their garages until the last possible moment, denying fans of any track action for much of the practice and qualifying sessions.
Now, Pirelli are trying to address that, and their statement read: “There will be an extra set of prototype hard tyres allocated for free practice to encourage all the teams to run throughout the entire length of the sessions, rather than opt to conserve tyres for the rest of the race weekend.
"These tyres will not be the same as the P Zero Orange hard tyres... but are instead a specially-created compound with the emphasis on durability so that the teams run for as long as possible. To distinguish these tyres, they will not carry any colour markings.”
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