The new Pirelli F1™ tyres feature softer compounds, a reinforced crown and a more flexible casing. The P Zero dry and Cinturato wet ranges have had a complete makeover for the start of the 2013 Formula One season. The aim is to improve performance and increase thermal degradation in order to have at least two pit stops per race, whilst providing more overtaking opportunities and strategic decisions for the teams. There is also a new look to the sidewalls with more recognisable colours and the introduction of orange in place of last year’s silver to identify the harder compound slicks. “The 2013 revolution”, explains Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery, “follows the one which Pirelli implemented last year with respect to the 2011 range, thus setting new challenges for the drivers and wiping the slate clean in terms of the know-how acquired by the teams during the previous season”.

The softer compounds for both wet and dry ranges mean that the tyre will reach its ideal operating temperature more quickly with lap times expected to be 0.5 seconds faster. Pirelli’s rapidly-evolving technology means that the new P Zero Orange hard tyre is roughly equivalent to last year’s medium compound. Besides faster thermal degradation, there is better traction with faster performance, especially with fast cornering and switching from braking to acceleration and vice versa. The performance gap between the different compounds is more than 5 tenths of a second, as opposed to last year when the difference was often smaller, particularly in the second half of the season.

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