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Pirelli ponder the shape of their tyres - The tyre suppliers tweak the shape of the 2012 tyre

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Pirelli ponder the shape of their tyres
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F1’s sole tyre supplier Pirelli are constantly evaluating how their rubber is performing and how they can improve it in the future. Motorsport boss Paul Hembery has admitted they will be tweaking the shape of the tyre next year, to try and help wear on the shoulder.

He says: “At the moment we’re not utilising the full footprint there, which we knew about, but we had to try and block some of the development because we had so little time.”

Talking about the upcoming race in Germany, Hembery has spoken about the soft and medium compounds we’ll see - that’s yellow and white sidewalls. He said: “The biggest difference will be the weather, which could be a lot cooler than the conditions we saw in Spain. This means that we expect most of the teams to adopt a two-stop strategy, unless of course it rains, in which case anything is possible.” Early weather forecasts do have rain from Thursday to Saturday, but not for Sunday. Yet.

Pirelli are also giving the teams an extra set of soft tyres for practice, with a new specification to get some feedback on some future tweaks.