Pirelli unveils more durable tyres for F1

Pirelli unveils more durable tyres for F1 26th February 2014

Pirelli can promise more durable and consistent tyres for the 2014 Formula One (F1) season.

The official provider of tyres for F1 has been testing its newly developed versions in Bahrain most recently, following a testing period in Jerez.

Teams were required to complete race simulations using the new P zero tyres in Bahrain, including practicing pit stops and qualifying to gauge performance of the tyres in all aspects of racing.

Over the course of 2,322 laps, which were completed across four days, Pirelli was able to gather data on tyre performance and noticed that they left less debris on the track.

Some of the names that helped with testing the new tyres included Fernando Alonso for Ferrari, Lewis Hamilton for Mercedes, Jenson Button for McLaren and Kimi Raikkonen also for Ferrari.

The weather was dry and warm, in temperatures of above 20 degrees C, similar to that which is typically experienced across the season. This contrasts with the recent testing of the tyres in cooler conditions in Jerez.

Motorsport director for Pirelli Paul Hembrey explained that testing the tyres in these weather conditions allowed for more reliable results and gave teams more to learn from compared to the testing phase in Jerez two weeks ago.

Mr Hembrey said: "Although the teams are still at a comparatively early point on the development curve with their new cars, testing data so far indicates that the 2014 tyres are more consistent and durable than their predecessors. As a result, we are also seeing fewer 'marbles' on the circuit: one of our objectives at the start of this season."

He also added that while a lot of useful data has been collected from the testing, Pirelli is prepared to change the tyre specifications in time for the start of the F1 season if need be.

At present, it has been noted that there are differences in lap times depending on the compounds, with the soft new tyres completing a lap in 1 minute and 36.880 seconds compared to hard new doing so in 1 minute 37.908 seconds. Yet Mr Hembrey explained that this is likely to change as the season goes on, with F1 teams working to understand the car tyre package further.

Posted by Danielle Barge