Pirelli’s luck so far in 2013 has been ‘patchy’ to say the least, so one would be forgiven for thinking the worst when the introduction of the Italian manufacturer’s new tires coincides with one of the hottest races in the last decade. However, motorsport director Paul Hembery is pleased to report that there have been no issues with the tires during practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
“Despite these extreme conditions, both the performance and durability of our new tires are in line with our expectations, with very little sign of any graining or blistering,” Hembery said in a statement. “The feedback from the drivers and teams so far has been very positive.”
This weekend sees the re-introduction of the 2012 tire constructions, intended to prevent a repeat of the multiple failures witnessed at the British Grand Prix last month.
Hembery has also spoken about the difference between the two compounds this weekend as well as predicting the strategies we can expect to see.
“The performance gap between the two compounds today was around 1.5 seconds and we are likely to see between two and three pit stops during the race, with the majority of the field qualifying on the soft tire.”
Earlier this week, Pirelli confirmed that they are still interested in supplying tires to the sport despite the controversy this season.