Pirelli has announced they will provide constructors with new, more durable ‘hard’ compound tyres for the remainder of the 2013 Formula One World Championship season.
The Italian company, which has been the sport’s sole tyre supplier since 2011, has this year come under intense criticism due to the highly degradable compounds it has produced.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s motorsport director, said, “We took the decision – in consultation with all of the teams – to change the hard compound from Spain onwards.”
Pirelli made a similar move in 2011 after similar criticisms were aired about the compounds.
“This latest version of the hard compound is much closer to the 2012 tyre, with the aim of giving the teams more opportunity to run a wide range of strategies,” He said.
Besides the hard compound, all other tyres will remain unchanged for 2013.