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Pirelli will introduce tougher new F1 tyre construction from British GP

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With the team starting to make huge gains in downforce through the 2023 car, Pirelli felt it would make sense to intervene at Silverstone in July, introducing the firmer tyres, just in time.

This was done less for security reasons and more to ensure that there would be no problems in the future. The compound of the new tires will be the same as currently used.

Pirelli has been monitoring the progress the team has made with the car for weeks, with sources saying the levels of downforce produced are on par with those expected at the end of the season.

Furthermore, the dramatic improvement in lap times at last weekend’s Miami Grand Prix highlighted that the car will only get faster as the team prepares to implement more upgrades over the next few races.

After discussions with the FIA, Pirelli has decided to take action to avoid any serious problems as F1 prepares for some of the most challenging circuits of the summer, such as Silverstone, Spa and Zandvoort. The risk of tire failure is logical.

Earlier this week, Pirelli proposed to the FIA ​​that it be allowed to use the new tire structure at the British Grand Prix on July 9.

Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen receives the Pirelli pole position from Pirelli Motorsport Manager Mario Isola

Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen receives the Pirelli pole position from Pirelli Motorsport Manager Mario Isola

Photography: Mark Sutton/ motorsport pictures

Under F1’s technical regulations, any mid-season construction changes need to go through a formal process – either approved by the teams or enforced on safety grounds.

Article 10.8.3 states that once a tire specification has been set for the season, “it cannot be changed without the consent of the Formula 1 Commission. Notwithstanding the above, for safety reasons the FIA ​​may decide to change the specification during the Championship season without notice or delay.”

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Pirelli revealed on Friday that it has now received such approval and plans to have the team test the new structure at next month’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Speaking about the motivation for the change, Pirelli’s racing director and F1 Mario Isola said: “In the opening races of the season we have seen how much better the 2023 car is compared to last year, thanks to all 10 The teams all showed extraordinary speed of development.

“In Miami, for example, the pole time was almost two seconds faster than last year, but the same improvement was seen in the race. Pirelli’s simulation efforts have always aimed to deliver products that not only meet the performance targets specified by stakeholders, but also Anticipate any potential problems and react quickly.

“The new specification incorporates materials we have already developed for 2024, which will make the tire more durable without affecting any other technical parameters or its behavior on the track.

“In order to allow all teams to test the new structure on a level playing field, Pirelli will supply each car with two additional sets of tires to be used during FP1 and FP2 of the Spanish Grand Prix.”

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