British Grand Prix: Pirelli to introduce new tougher tyre at Silverstone amid ‘extraordinary’ performance gains

According to Pirelli’s F1 chief Mario Isola, the new tires are being introduced in response to the “extraordinary pace of development shown by all 10 teams”; Teams will have the chance to test the tires at Spanish GP practice in June before they are introduced at Silverstone

Last Updated: 12/05/23 3:36 PM


Pirelli is the sole supplier of tires to Formula 1

Formula 1 tire supplier Pirelli will introduce a tougher new specification of tires at the British Grand Prix to deal with “extraordinary” advances in the car’s performance.

The current specification, which will continue to be used over the five races before F1 returns to Silverstone from 7–9 July, was created using a projection of expected performance levels provided by teams ahead of the season.

However, higher than expected downforce levels prompted a change, with a pole position time that was two seconds faster than the previous year at the Miami Grand Prix, highlighting the issue.

Pirelli confirmed on Friday that the new tires will be tested in first and second practice at the Spanish Grand Prix on Friday, June 2.

Pirelli’s head of car racing and F1 Mario Isola said: “We have seen how much the 2023 cars performed in the opening races of this season compared to last year, and all this thanks to the extraordinary pace of development shown by the 10 Thank you.” of teams.

Highlights from the fifth race of the season, the Miami Grand Prix.

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Highlights from the fifth race of the season, the Miami Grand Prix.

Highlights from the fifth race of the season, the Miami Grand Prix.

“At Miami, for example, the pole time was almost two seconds faster than last year, but similar progress has been seen during the race. Pirelli’s simulation work has always aimed to supply a product that hits the performance mark. Not to do the goals specified by the stakeholders, but to anticipate any potential problems and react quickly to them.

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

“To allow all teams to test the new construction on a level playing field, Pirelli will supply two additional tire sets per car to be used during FP1 and FP2 at the Spanish Grand Prix.”

Sky F1's Karun Chandhok says the time has come for tire rule changes to help make racing more competitive.

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Sky F1’s Karun Chandhok says the time has come for tire rule changes to help make racing more competitive.

Sky F1’s Karun Chandhok says the time has come for tire rule changes to help make racing more competitive.

The move has been approved by the FIA, who are allowed to make in-season changes to tire specifications “for safety reasons without notice or delay”.

While there are no concerns over the safety of the current tires for the upcoming races at Imola, Monaco, Spain, Canada and Austria, it appears to be a move to prevent any issues later in the campaign.

Max Verstappen, who is seeking a third consecutive drivers’ title, leads the world championship by 14 points over teammate Sergio Pérez, Red Bull has won all five races so far this season, 122 points in the constructors’ gained an edge. Standing.

Formula 1 returns to Imola for the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix from 19-21 May. Watch every session live on Sky Sports F1 including the race from 2pm on Sunday 21 May.

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