Pirelli to test harder tyres at British Grand Prix

Pirelli to test harder tyres at British Grand Prix 14th June 2012

Pirelli's motorsport director Paul Hembery has revealed that the firm is planning to test a new hard compound tyre at the upcoming British Grand Prix.

The news follows weeks of debate on the subject of Pirelli tyres, following an unpredictable season that has seen seven different race winners from the first seven grand prix.

But while some drivers like former world champion Michael Schumacher have hit out at the new tyres as something akin to travelling on raw eggs, others like Mark Webber have praised the added excitement the new compounds have brought to the sport.

In a bid to ease any potential concerns though, Hembery revealed that a new harder compound would be tested at Silverstone, with the tyre offering a wider operational range in the hope of helping  teams manage temperatures better.

Despite these plans though, the Pirelli boss was keen to note that they would not be making any rash decisions when it came to the compounds.

"There is a big point to make that if we make a change, particularly with the way the championship has been played this year so close, we don't want to risk creating an advantage for a particular team," Hembery explained Autosport.

"We'll test because we want to understand the effect and impact, but it's not necessarily going to happen that we bring it to the races," he added.

"We've got to be very careful because there's a big difference with the teams on where they are with the tyres at the moment."

The British Grand Prix is scheduled to take place on the weekend of July 6th.

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Posted by Danielle Barge