Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery has confirmed that Pirelli will test their new type hard compound tire at the Hockenheim ring as they failed to do so at Silverstone. Though the initial plan was to introduce the tire in Great Britain, the rainy weather conditions prevented that.
Hembery said: “After a wet Silverstone, we hope to give the drivers the chance to run on the experimental hard compound tire during free practice at Hockenheim.
“But the weather in Germany at this time of year can be almost as unpredictable as it is in England.” He added.
Whether the tires will be used during races will be up to the teams to decide.
Hembery also said, “The new hard tire is not a big evolution, but it has a slightly wider working range which should make it easier for the teams to get the tires up to temperature and maintain them in the correct operating window. We are running them in Friday free practice only as with the Championship so finely balanced, we feel that it would be unfair to suddenly alter one of the fundamental parameters that the teams have made a lot of effort to understand and get the most out of.”
“But we enjoy a very productive dialogue with them and we will always take into account the wishes of the majority. It is certainly going to be interesting hearing what they have to say about the new tire and seeing if their impressions match up to the conclusions that we have drawn from our private testing.”
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