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Pirelli ditches hard compounds tyre

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Aug.08 – Following the Hungarian GP, Pirelli declared the compounds for the next three races with the medium and soft compounds being used at Spa and Monza and the soft and super softs at Singapore. Pirelli judgment lifted some eyebrows as it is well known that Ferrari particularly struggle to get heat into the hard tyres.

Latest rumor about Pirelli try to help the Italian outfit Ferrari, But the Italian tyre maker Pirelli recently rejected that rumor.

Now Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembrey confirmed that the hard compound would not be used again this season.

“I don’t think we’ll see the hard compound again,” said Hembery. “I think it’s probably too hard and that the medium is proving sufficiently robust for the aggressive circuits we’ve still got to come. So don’t think we’ll be going the hard route.”

Paul Hembrey also revealed the hard compounds tyre is possibly not going to be used at all next year, with a new compound likely to be set up as a bridge between the medium and the soft.

“Probably next season the medium will become the hard,” he said. “We’ll probably slot something in between the current softs and mediums – We want to keep about one second between each. The super soft and soft gap is about right to be honest, because you’ve got a 1s speed advantage but you’ve got a clear degradation and limitation on use. If we could replicate that now with a new medium and a new hard then I think we’ll be well placed.”

“Well, I think we have to, because the circuits we are going to are really different again. It tends to be only the street circuits where I think there is a lot of similarity. Singapore has the added question mark of rain, at night, in 40 degrees centigrade, which is a bizarre situation to be in, so that’s going to be fascinating. I have to say I think we will have some other interesting scenarios and we’ll try and throw in some challenges ourselves.”

“Pirelli has to be delighted,” he said. “I think the Pirelli team has done a great job. We had very limited chance to get ready, limited testing opportunities with the teams, and with all those constraints I think we’ve delivered a great product and added something to the weekend spectacle.”


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