Pirelli have confirmed they intend to bring a new range of medium compound tyres to the British Grand Prix, and are providing teams with an experimental set for practice in Canada so they can be tested out.
A statement from the tyre manufacturer details that each driver will receive two sets of the tyre for Friday practice only, in the hopes of bringing this fresh rubber to Silverstone next month. It reads: “The aim of introducing the new tyre is to prevent any instances of the tread detaching itself from the structure... the performance and wear characteristics of the new tyre will not be significantly different.”
Meanwhile, Pirelli are also concerned about whether they will be supplying Formula One next year, or not. Quite apart from the controversial tyre test with Mercedes that is still hanging over their heads, they don’t have a contract with the FIA for 2013.
Motorsport director, Paul Hembery, says: “Things are getting extremely serious because the changes next year are substantial. The sport has to take a rapid decision, because aside from having the fixed resources... we need to do a technical job as well.”
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