Pirelli Director Paul Hembery has admitted that the tyre manufacturer has taken a more cautious approach in developing the rubber that will be used during the 2014 Formula One season.
The Italian manufacturer endured a torrid time in 2013, with several high-profile blow-outs occurring in the first half of the season.
Pirelli also struggled to adapt its tyres during year, but in an exclusive interview with Crash.net, Hembery admitted that the company is taking a more measured approach to the composition of the rubber used because the 2014 cars are likely to change significantly as the season progresses.
"You've got to be slightly more conservative because at one extreme you could end up with some cars going much quicker than others and that in itself is something you need to be aware of," Hembery told Crash.net.
"Particularly the rate of development is something that we're very conscious of this year. Last year it was one of the aspects that we learned during our experiences last year and we need to be much more attentive in terms of speed and rate of development.
"As you can imagine, with new rules there is great potential for improvement in performance throughout the year; what we see [in testing] will be quite different to what we see at the end of the season. Already in terms of lap times if you take in to account 50 kilos - which is two seconds per lap - we are very close to the performance of last year already.
"You can imagine with a normal two second per season improvement we will definitely be quicker than last year, and with the potential that we have for developing the car and the powertrain then you would have to anticipate we will be quicker."
Hembery added, though, that Pirelli has come up with a better method of making changes to the tyres, if and when required.
"[Can make changes] on safety grounds - we've always been able to do that - but there is now a better platform for getting a change made of that nature," Hembery added in his interview with Crash.net.
"You have the strategy group which involves FIA, FOM and six of the main teams, so if there's a need we can go to that group and they can make a decision, whereas in the past we had to get the majority of the teams and that in itself ended up going in to unnecessary politics, unfortunately. So there is a better structure for making change this season."