• The Italian company’s motorsport director Paul Hembery hoped that would not be the case, however.

    “There have been concerns from some of the teams that the changes will favor one team or another, but we don’t think that will be the case,” he told the autosport.com website.”These changes are being made for Pirelli, not for anyone else. We need to get the balance right.”

    Pirelli announced earlier that changes to the structure and compounds of the tires would be made for the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, the seventh of 19 races this season, on June 9.

    They had said at the weekend that the new tires could not be introduced until the British Grand Prix at the end of June but changed their minds after a review of the situation following Sunday’s race in Barcelona.

    The Italian supplier came in for considerable criticism from Red Bull, whose triple champion Sebastian Vettel saw his lead trimmed to four points over Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen, after a race fill of pitstops with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso making four on his way to victory.

    Red Bull’s billionaire owner Dietrich Mateschitz was quoted by Austrian media as saying Formula One had “nothing to do with racing anymore” while drivers complained that they had to slow to manage the tires.

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