F1 teams get extra tyres to improve spectacle for fans

Posted by: Cal on 7/05/2013

Category: General

The Formula One season is now well underway and teams head to Barcelona this weekend for the Gran Premio de Espana 2013.

As usual, opinion varies widely on the Pirelli tyres in use this season.

Some have suggested the tyres are too soft and wear too quickly, though others are less critical.

Lotus-Renault is currently second on the team leader board, with drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean in second and seventh position on the drivers table, respectively.

ESPN reported last month that Lotus technical director James Allison is happy with the tyres' performance so far.

"We feel the current tyres make for entertaining racing, but then we would say that as our car tends to prosper when the tyres are tender," said Mr Allison.

There has been one unexpected side effect of having softer tyres however - teams are holding back during the free practice day which precedes race day.

For that reason, Pirelli has decided to provide all teams with an extra set of hard compound tyres to ensure they can run throughout the 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 to see," Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery told Formula1.com.