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2013 Australian Grand Prix from a tyre point of view

by Team ZigWheels Posted on 13 Mar 2013 751 Views

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With the 2013 Formula One season about to kickstart in Melbourne, Pirelli has nominated the Supersoft red P Zeros and the Medium compound white P Zero tyres for the 2013 Australian Grand Prix

 

 

2013 Pirelli F1 tyres

 

 

The 2013 Formula One season gets underway in Australia this weekend, with Pirelli supplying the new P Zero White medium and P Zero Red supersoft compounds: the first time that such a nomination has been made by the Italian firm for the Albert Park circuit. This year’s compounds are generally softer and faster than their predecessors, but two to three pit stops are still expected per car on race day. Melbourne – which has opened the Formula One season since 1996 – is a semi-permanent facility that is well-known for its low levels of grip, which gradually improve over the course of the weekend as the surface rubbers in.

 

Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery says:

“After 12 days of pre-season testing we finally get to go racing with our 2013 compounds. They were developed over the course of the last season in private testing and they are the most focussed and performance-orientated tyres we have ever made. Cold weather conditions during pre-season testing meant that we weren’t able to showcase them to the best of their abilities, but we are expecting a different story in Albert Park, with two to three pit stops per car. The start of any new season is always a very exciting time and from what we have observed during pre-season testing the field seems to be closer than ever: quite an achievement when you consider that we had seven different winners from the first seven races last year. All the compounds and constructions have changed for 2013, and the drivers should notice a wider working range and a bigger window of peak performance. The performance gaps between the compounds are also larger, which means that teams have a greater opportunity to use strategy to their advantage by exploiting the consequent speed differentials.”

 

 

Jean Alesi Pirelli brand ambassador

 

 

Pirelli’s brand ambassador Jean Alesi says:

 “I’m delighted to become Pirelli’s brand ambassador at the start of what should be an extremely exciting season: especially if last year is anything to judge by. Albert Park was a circuit that I enjoyed as a driver – I competed there from its debut year after the grand prix moved from Adelaide – but it’s really not typical of anywhere else. You have some bits that are similar to a street circuit like Monaco and other places that are more like a permanent track such as Barcelona. So I probably wouldn’t read too much into the results from Melbourne, as it is so atypical of anywhere else and also because at the start of the season the teams are still learning a lot about their new cars and tyres. The tyres this year seem very interesting and in qualifying in particular I think a really attacking driver should be able to do something quite special. I would definitely have liked to use these tyres when I was driving!”

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