As the criticism of Pirelli and their 2013 tyres continue, the Italian tyre manufacturer have announced planned changes for the British Grand Prix will now be brought forward to next month’s Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.
After a mammoth 82 pit-stops and stinging criticism from fans about the current generation of tyres, Director of Motorsport Paul Hembery said the company would now change the construction of the tyres in order to reduce the level of degradation.
Writing via Twitter on Tuesday Hembery said: "Some structural changes combining elements (of the) 2012 and 2013 products” would be made as Pirelli look to increase the longevity of the tyres.
Auto Sport und Motor’s Michael Schmidt revealed the 2012 tyre construction will be revived but the compounds of this year will only be slightly altered.
"The purpose of the change is that the compounds do not heat up as much, especially at the rear," Hembery is quoted as saying.
The changes, however, could have a major impact on the grid as the new tyres will have a different impact aerodynamically on the cars.
"This could be the salvation for teams like McLaren, Sauber and Williams. It will definitely also help Red Bull and Mercedes," Schmidt said.
Hembery added: "It may well be that we keep the compounds as we used in Barcelona. If anything, the changes will be minor.
"We want to stay on the aggressive side, to keep the races exciting and not punish the teams who are doing a good job with these tyres."
Finally Hembery used the current debate to push teams to call for pre-season testing in the warmer climate of the Middle East during the winter and also pushed for a newer specification test car as the current test car dates from 2010.
"The Renault that we have is three years old and four seconds slower than today's cars," he said. "Already this year we're seeing as much rear downforce as in 2011 with the blown diffusers.
"We cannot develop tyres like this," added Hembery.
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