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Pirelli to test new hard compound tyre in British GP practice

2012 Formula 1 idol Pirelli will test new hard compound tyre to British GP Friday free practice at Silverstone circuit.

The Italian manufacturer Pirelli early planned new compound set up later this season. But situation motivated them because existing compounds to give some teams’ advantage and somebody struggling too in Qualifying or Race.

After the Friday practice test teams will have two sets of the new mix to use through the first two practice sessions. The new tyre has a wider in use window than the existing hard tyre, which Pirelli is expecting will make it easier for drivers to use.

“Silverstone is one of the most iconic circuits on the Formula One calendar, precisely because it is so demanding for the drivers, cars and tyres,” Pirelli motorsport boss Paul Hembery said.

“This is why we have chosen to test a new experimental hard compound here during free practice, which we may use in the future. The new tyre has a slightly wider working range, which should make it easier for the teams to get the tyres into the right operating temperature window.”

“With the championship so finely balanced, our priority is to ensure that no one team is handed any particular advantage,” Hembery added.

“We want to keep the performance of the tyres at the highest level for as long as possible, so this is a valuable opportunity for ourselves and all the teams to gather more information about the potential effect of a new compound, and gain some data for the future. Silverstone is a very high-energy circuit that can see some unpredictable weather conditions, so a strong performance from the tyres and an effective strategy are vital ingredients in a successful race outcome.”

Pirelli test driver Lucas di Grassi added: “I tested the experimental hard compound tyre in Jerez earlier this year: it’s a similar concept to the current hard but with improved combined grip and better wear. It’s particularly effective in warm weather and when the track conditions are poor – so you end up with a tyre that is quicker and lasts longer.”


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