Pirelli say the tires it is supplying for this weekend’s race in Korea will produce significant differences in performance.
F1’s official tire supplier will bring the super-soft and medium compounds to this weekend’s race – last year the soft was used instead of the medium.
Motorsport director Paul Hembery said the choice of tires “best complements the characteristics of the 2013 range of compounds”.
“We would expect there to be a significant difference in lap time between the two compounds we have selected, as was the case in Singapore, and that should help the teams to put together some interesting strategies.”
“The work done in free practice when it comes to assessing the wear and degradation levels on each compound with different fuel loads is going to be especially important,” he added, “as that will hold the key to the correct strategy.”
A two-stop strategy was the preferred plan for most drivers during last year’s race, starting on the super-soft tire before switching to the soft compound.
Sebastian Vettel won the race but Red Bull had severe concerns over his tire wear in the final laps and repeatedly warned him to preserve his rubber. “Tire management is going to be important once more,” reckons Hembery.