Pirelli has reacted to concerns from the F1 community by changing its tire allocation for next month’s Brazilian Grand Prix.
The Italian tire manufacturer had originally planned to bring its two hardest compounds (medium and hard) to the race at Interlagos, as it did in 2012 and 2013.
However, following a resurfacing of the track in Brazil, Williams driver Felipe Massa believed that the more durable compounds would not provide drivers with enough grip, branding the decision “dangerous”.
“I have no idea why they chose medium and hard,” he said in Russia. “It’s completely unacceptable.”
In response to this, Pirelli confirmed today that it has changed the nominations for the race to the soft and medium tire to give the drivers more grip on the newly resurfaced track.
“We’ve always said that we would be open to any changes if they were required,” Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery explained.
“After further technical analysis of the impact of the revised circuit surface, together with a risk assessment suggesting a low probability of compound overheating due to extreme track temperatures, we have made this change with the unanimous agreement of all 11 teams.”
The Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace is currently undergoing redevelopment work to bring it up to the modern standards set in Formula 1, with the bulk of the work taking place next year ahead of the 2015 Brazilian Grand Prix.
2014 F1 season: Tire allocations for remaining races
- United States GP Soft (option); Medium (prime)
- Brazilian GP Soft (option); Medium (prime)
- Abu Dhabi GP Super-Soft (option); Soft (prime)