The FIA has given System 1’s official tyre provider Pirelli permission to introduce a brand new tyre specification on security grounds.
The brand new tyre specification shall be made accessible for all groups to check on the Spanish Grand Prix subsequent month. Pirelli intends to introduce the revised tyres on the British Grand Prix in July.
Beneath F1’s guidelines, the vary of compounds for use throughout a season have to be decided by December fifteenth of the previous yr. Nonetheless it may be modified with the FIA’s approval, which was given following discussions of the Technical Advisory Committee and Sporting Advisory Committee.
Pirelli’s head of motorsport Mario Isola stated the change was obligatory as a result of elevated efficiency of this yr’s vehicles, which is placing the rubber beneath better pressure.
“We’ve seen how far more efficiency the 2023 vehicles have in comparison with final yr all through the opening races of this season, and that’s because of the extraordinary tempo of growth proven by all 10 of the groups,” stated Isola. “In Miami, for instance, the pole time was practically two seconds sooner than final yr, however the identical type of progress has been seen throughout races as nicely.
“Pirelli’s simulation work has all the time been aimed toward not solely supplying a product that hits the efficiency targets specified by stakeholders, but in addition anticipating any potential issues and reacting to them rapidly.”
Isola stated Pirelli is bringing forwards the introduction of some developments it had made for the tyres it plans to race subsequent yr.
“The brand new specification accommodates supplies that we have now already developed for 2024, which is able to make the tyres extra resistant with out affecting any of the opposite technical parameters or their behaviour on observe,” he defined. “To permit all of the groups to check the brand new development on a stage taking part in area, Pirelli will provide two further tyre units per automobile for use throughout FP1 and FP2 on the Spanish Grand Prix.”
Lap time change on the first 5 races of 2023
On common, lap instances are 1.01 seconds faster than final yr. Modifications to some circuits may have influenced this: The Miami Worldwide Autodrome was resurfaced and its chicane was eased, whereas an additional DRS zone was added at Albert Park in Melbourne. Nonetheless DRS zones had been shortened at three tracks – Bahrain, Melbourne and Miami – and one nook was tightened at Jeddah.
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