For the first time in FF1M teams will have to contend with three separate tyre compounds provided by Pirelli in the 2014 season.
“We have been asked to prepare a range of tyres which should allow increased variation in races whilst putting this variation firmly in teams hands” Doctor Max Vulcan told invited press at a conference at Monza this morning.
As part of the new rules teams will have six sets of Soft tyres and six sets of Medium tyres and an unlimited amount of Hard tyres to use as they choose during the season. These tyres will have different brightly coloured markings to make it clear to the viewer who is using which set of tyres. The Soft tyre will red tyre markings, whilst the Medium will be yellow and the Hardest tyre will be blue.
“The difference between each tyre will be purely performance based with our tests showing conclusive results in that area. Each compounds longevity will be the same” Doctor Vulcan continued.
As part of Pirelli’s preparations for the 2014 season they partnered with the Ajay Motorsports team at the Hungaroring circuit during the summer of 2013 with Mark Webber at the wheel. Webber conducted performance testing using the entire range of tyres in the 2012 Ajay Motorsports car, whilst also confirming their durability.
“During tyre tests undertaken by the Ajay Motorsports team at Hungaroring the Softer tyre demonstrated a gap of between 1.3 and 1.4 seconds at full familiarity when compared to the Hard tyre” Doctor Vulcan said.
“During the same tests, the Medium tyre demonstrated a gap of between 0.6 and 0.7 seconds when compared to the Hard tyre” he continued.
“The Hard compound tyre will use the same compound as seen during the 2013 season.”
“As testing was completed at the Hungaroring, a particularly tyre dependant circuit, it is likely that this performance differential will be reduced on most other circuits”