The teams get their first taste of Pirelli’s 2013 F1 tyres at the opening official test of the year at Jerez in southern Spain, which takes places from 5-8 February. Although the teams already had the chance to sample the new construction during free practice at the Brazilian Grand Prix last year, this will be the first time that they try out the complete new tyre range, together with the latest-specification compounds.
The key characteristics that the teams will notice about the 2013 tyres are a bigger performance gap between the compounds and faster overall lap times, by approximately half a second per lap.
There is also a brand new colour: Orange hard, which replaces silver as the designation for the hardest tyre in the range. New markings should also make the colours easier to distinguish.
Mark Webber drives the new Red Bull RB9, Felipe Massa the Ferrari F138 and Jenson Button the McLaren MP4-28, which stops on track after three laps with fuel pump failure. Nico Rosberg’s running limited to just fourteen laps after a fire, ending their day’s work.
The first lap times on the first day of testing for the 2013 F1 season are:
|F1 Driver||F1 Team||Lap Time||Laps|
|Jenson Button||McLaren||1:18.861 min||37|
|Mark Webber||Red Bull||1:19.709 min||72|
|Romain Grosjean||Lotus||1.20.343 min||54|
|Paul di Resta||Force India||1.20.343 min||89|
|Daniel Ricciardo||Toro Rosso||1:20.401 min||69|
|Felipe Massa||Ferrari||1:20.536 min||63|
|Nico Hülkenberg||Sauber||1:20.699 min||79|
|Nico Rosberg||Mercedes||1:20.846 min||14|
|Pastor Maldonado||Williams||1:20.864 min||84|
|Giedo van der Garde||Caterham||1:21.915 min||64|
|Max Chilton||Marussia||1:24.176 min||29|
Paul Hembery (Pirelli Motorsport Director): “The pre-season tests represent an important opportunity for the teams to integrate their new car package with the 2013 tyres. With the number of test days strictly limited, the work done in testing will be crucial for their understanding of the tyres over the rest of the season. As many new cars will be running as well, it is sure to be an extremely busy four days in Jerez. The teams will encounter tyres that are quite different to the ones they were used to last year, as every P Zero compound and construction has been changed, with softer compounds that allow more performance and a different construction that will place a bigger footprint on the track surface to enhance traction and grip. This is one of the key aspects of Jerez, which should enable the teams to start to understand the nature of our new tyres by the time they go home on Thursday.”
More testing facts and figures:
|Compound||Sets provided per team *||Fastest time in 2012|
|Soft||1||01:17,613 (Day 3)|
|Medium||6||01:19,670 (Day 1)|
|Hard||7||01:18,561 (Day 2)|
* Above choice made by Pirelli in agreement with the teams. Each team may choose further 15 sets for this test
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