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Pirelli tweak hard tyre as latest nominations revealed 25 Apr 2013

Pirelli tyres at Mercedes AMG F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Bahrain Grand Prix Preparations, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Thursday, 18 April 2013 Paul Hembery (GBR) Pirelli Motorsport Director.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Bahrain Grand Prix, Qualifying, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Saturday, 20 April 2013 Mercedes AMG F1 mechanics prepare for a pit stop.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Bahrain Grand Prix, Race Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday, 21 April 2013

Formula One racing’s official tyre suppliers Pirelli have announced that their orange-marked hard tyre will change to a different compound from the next round of the championship in Spain.

“After evaluating tyre performance over the balance of the first four races, we took the decision - in consultation with all of the teams - to change the hard compound from Spain onwards, as we did in Barcelona two years ago when we also introduced a new hard tyre for the rest of the season,” Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery said.

“This latest version of the hard compound is much closer to the 2012 tyre, with the aim of giving the teams more opportunity to run a wider range of strategies in combination with the other compounds, which remain unchanged.”

The new specification hard tyre will debut in Spain where, because of the high-energy demands of the Circuit de Catalunya, it will be used alongside the next-hardest tyre in the range: the white-marked medium compound.

For Monaco, Pirelli have selected their two softest compounds: the yellow-marked soft and red-marked supersoft. This is the same nomination that has been in place for the Principality for the last two years and is best-suited for the demands of the street circuit.

Finally, in Canada there will be a full step between the compounds, as Pirelli have selected the white-marked medium tyre and the red-marked supersoft compound.

At a glance - tyre compounds for 2013:
Australia - medium, supersoft
Malaysia - hard, medium
China - medium, soft
Bahrain - hard, medium

Spain - hard, medium
Monaco - supersoft, soft
Canada - supersoft, medium

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