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2015-05-07 11:07

MORE SOFT TYRES ON WAY: Pirelli wants to improve F1 races by offering more soft-compound tyres in 2015. Image: AFP / Greg Baker

BARCELONA, Spain - Pirelli wants to spice-up races by leaning towards soft-compound tyres as the 2015 Formula 1 season progresses.

Having faced intense criticism of its deliberately heavily degrading tyres, F1's official supplier went notably more conservative for the start of the new 'power unit' era in 2014.

Pirelli vowed to ramp down that conservatism for 2015 as experience of the new regulations increased but chief Paul Hembery acknowledged that the target of mainly three-stop races had yet to be achieved.


Hembery told Finland's Turun Sanomat newspaper: "We aim to bring softer compounds (to races) more and more. In particular, we want to use super-soft. Maybe we should have taken that tyre to Bahrain - it would have meant a three-stop race."

However Lotus engineer Mark Slade says that, as far as Pirelli's approach to F1 goes, things have changed since Kimi Raikkonen was winning races for the team with ultra-soft tyres in 2012 and 2013.


Slade said: "Even if they still call them 'super-soft', they really are just soft compounds.  The names have changed but the tyres are harder now."

Slade doubted that Pirelli was really shaping up to change its current approach to F1: "I don't think they're going to make radical changes. They're satisfied with the current situation."

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