Pirelli have confirmed plans to introduce new Formula 1 tyres from the British Grand Prix onwards, as was exclusively revealed by RacingNews365 yesterday.
F1's sole tyre supplier has elected to introduce new specification tyres as performance loads seen thus far in 2023 have exceeded the projections teams sent to Pirelli.
Circuits such as Silverstone, Spa, Zandvoort and Suzuka feature some of the highest tyre loads throughout the season, and with all set to host Grands Prix in the second half of the season, the change will come into force from the July 7th-9th weekend.
As reported by RacingNews365, the new spec of tyre will introduce the planned 2024 materials, with performance loads expected to continue to exceed expectations throughout the 2023 campaign.
The new tyres will be tested by all teams during Friday practice at the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix.
Pirelli sought approval from the FIA to make the changes, with the request under Article 10.8.3 of the technical regulations being approved.
As such it does not require approval from the Technical Advisory Committee, but will require ratification from the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC), which will be granted.
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"We’ve seen how much more performance the 2023 cars have compared to last year throughout the opening races of this season, and that is thanks to the extraordinary pace of development shown by all 10 of the teams," said Mario Isola, Pirelli's Head of Motorsport.
"In Miami, for example, the pole time was nearly two seconds faster than last year, but the same sort of progress has been seen during races as well.
"Pirelli’s simulation work has always been aimed at not only supplying a product that hits the performance targets specified by stakeholders, but also anticipating any potential problems and reacting to them quickly.
"The new specification contains materials that we have already developed for 2024, which will make the tyres more resistant without affecting any of the other technical parameters or their behaviour on track.
"To allow all the teams to test the new construction on a level playing field, Pirelli will supply two extra tyre sets per car to be used during FP1 and FP2 at the Spanish Grand Prix.”
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