August 7, 2011
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Pirelli's hard tyre will soon be replaced
Pirelli has stated that it is unlikely to use the hard compound tyre again in 2011.
After announcing tyre compounds for the next 3 races (a mix of super-soft, soft and medium), it was becoming increasingly likely that the unpopular compound would not be used again.
Today, Pirelli’s motorsport boss Paul Hembery has explained that the medium as effectively replaced the harder tyre:
"I don't think we'll see the hard compound again. I think it's probably too hard and
that the medium is proving sufficiently robust for the aggressive circuits we've
still got to come. So don't think we'll be going the hard route."
This will prove beneficial to Fernando Alonso’s title hopes, as his Ferrari team has struggled massively on the harder compound this season, with particular problems bringing the rubber up to temperature.
Hembery also revealed that the hard tyre probably will not make an appearance in 2012, with the medium taking up that role:
"Probably next season the medium will become the hard. We'll probably slot something
in between the current softs and mediums - We want to keep about one second between
each. The super soft and soft gap is about right to be honest, because you've got a 1s
speed advantage but you've got a clear degradation and limitation on use. If we could
replicate that now with a new medium and a new hard then I think we'll be well placed."