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F1 teams to test new tyres in Spain for introduction at British GP · RaceFans

Pirelli tyres, Bahrain International Circuit, 2022

Formula 1’s official tyre supplier Pirelli says it has been given permission to introduce a new tyre specification this year.

Pirelli confirmed the FIA has approved its request and new tyre specification will be made available for all teams to test at the Spanish Grand Prix next month. It intends to introduce the tyres at the British Grand Prix in July.

Under F1’s rules, the range of compounds to be used during a season must be determined by December 15th of the preceding year. However it can be changed with the FIA’s approval.

Pirelli’s head of motorsport Mario Isola said the change was necessary due to the increased performance of this year’s cars, which is putting the rubber under greater strain.

“We’ve seen how much more performance the 2023 cars have compared to last year throughout the opening races of this season, and that is thanks to the extraordinary pace of development shown by all 10 of the teams,” said Isola. “In Miami, for example, the pole time was nearly two seconds faster than last year, but the same sort of progress has been seen during races as well.

“Pirelli’s simulation work has always been aimed at not only supplying a product that hits the performance targets specified by stakeholders, but also anticipating any potential problems and reacting to them quickly.”

Isola said Pirelli is bringing forwards the introduction of some developments it had made for the tyres it plans to race next year.

“The new specification contains materials that we have already developed for 2024, which will make the tyres more resistant without affecting any of the other technical parameters or their behaviour on track,” he explained. “To allow all the teams to test the new construction on a level playing field, Pirelli will supply two extra tyre sets per car to be used during FP1 and FP2 at the Spanish Grand Prix.”

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