Pirelli chief Paul Hembery expects higher tyre degradation in 2013
Pirelli chief Paul Hembery warns teams that its 2013 compounds are "quite different" to last year's ahead of final pre-season test
Pirelli chief Paul Hembery has warned teams that its 2013 compounds are “quite different” to last year’s and expects tyre degradation to be higher this season.
The final test before next months Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne gets under way in Barcelona on Thursday at the Circuit de Catalunya.
And Pirelli motorsport director Hembery has told teams to make the most of the opportunity to test out this year’s tyres this week.
“These 2013 tyres are quite different to their predecessors, both in terms of compound and construction, which makes the work that will be carried out over the next few days even more essential,” said Hembery.
“At this stage of testing it is always difficult for the teams and drivers to know what to expect from the first race as conditions are not always representative.
“Past experience from the last two years shows a big reduction in tyre degradation over the course of the season: roughly half the degradation seen in winter testing.
“This year, we think that degradation will be higher than it was in 2012, and we estimate a degradation rate of around 0.15 to 0.18 seconds per lap in race conditions for the hard compound in Barcelona.”
Hembery also hopes that the weather will be kind to the teams in the final test.
He added: “The last test at Barcelona was affected by bad weather, which meant that we experienced more degradation than usual due to the tyres not being able to operate within their intended working range.
“Hopefully this time we will find conditions that are slightly more representative, which will allow the teams to collect more relevant data.”