'More tyres, more action' - Pirelli

2013-05-07 07:23

BARCELONA, Spain - Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli will give teams extra tyres for Friday's free practice ahead of the 2013 Spanish GP 'to encourage more action' from drivers for the fans.

Pirelli's motorsport director Paul Hembery said: "We'll be supplying an extra set of prototype hard compound tyres for free practice which, we hope,will ensure that all the cars run throughout these sessions.

"It's something we wanted to do to encourage all the teams to run as much as possible right from the start, especially with the rookie drivers, to give fans the spectacle they deserve."


Spectators watching the first practice session on Friday (May 10) would have had to endure long periods with no track action as drivers chose to save their quick-wearing tyres.

Pirelli said the extra-hard tyres would be of a special compound intended to last much longer than he regular orange-marked hards available for the rest of the weekend. They will carry no colour.

The initial suggestion had been for the extra set to be made available only to young drivers only, or to be used in the first half hour of practice on Friday, but that met opposition from top teams unwilling to put rookies into their cars during a GP weekend.

Each driver has 11 sets of dry-weather tyres for a weekend - six of the harder 'prime' and five of a softer 'option'.

They must hand back one set of the prime tyres before second practice and one set of each before the third session and before qualifying.