Pirelli says that the cold weather in Barcelona this week made tyre degradation more extreme than it should be once the season gets underway.
While the Italian company has intended to create more degradation in 2013, it was worse than anticipated at Barcelona. The low temperatures also led to some graining, and the few teams who tried the supersoft struggled with it.
“The teams experienced quite high degradation in Barcelona, and that was really down to the weather conditions,” said motor sport boss Paul Hembery. “The conditions we had in Barcelona are far from typical of the rest of the season, with much cooler ambient and track temperatures than we would normally race in, and even some rain on the final day.
“This put the tyres outside of their usual working ranges, which led to problems such as graining. The conditions were particularly unsuited to the supersoft tyre, due to the circuit layout and the roughness of the surface in addition to the cold temperatures. Coupled with the fact that teams are still making big set-up adjustments to their new cars and trying out our complete range of our tyres to optimise the package, we saw levels of degradation that are not typical.
“Once we get to Melbourne the tyres should be much more within their intended working range, which will eliminate the unusual amount of degradation that some teams have experienced.”