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Pirelli adds a new tyre to F1 offering, expanding the 2023 allocation to 6

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Pirelli has confirmed that a sixth slick tyre compound will be added to their range of options for the 2023 Formula 1 season.Instead of the compounds ranging from C1-5, it will now start at C0.But it is not the C0 itself that is the new one.

For the 2022 campaign, the current C1 has undergone a name change. There will now be a brand-new C1 to bridge a performance gap between the compounds at the harder end of the spectrum.Mario Isola, Pirelli's head of motorsport, explained to the media following the post-season tyre test at the Yas Marina venue in Abu Dhabi."We have introduced a new C1 compound and have decided to homologate for next year six compounds, not five," said Isola."The current C1 that worked quite well at, for example, Zandvoort and Silverstone, we didn't want to eliminate.

We decided to introduce a new C1 with more grip compared to the old C1, so the old C1 is now the C0 to avoid renaming all the others."We have the new C1, and then the C2, C3, C4 and C5 are the same as this year.

The new C1 is much closer to the C2. I would say the only target we didn't achieve was a new C3 more in the centre between C2 and C4."A bit too slowIsola felt the 2022 C1 had generally been too slow in a season when he said there had been a 30% increase in overtaking during races.

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