ERJ staff report (TP)
Milan, Italy – Pirelli has announced the next four tire nominations for the Formula One Grands Prix held in Austria, Britain, Germany and Hungary.
For the all-new Austrian Grand Prix (22 June), Pirelli will bring the two softest compounds in the range: P Zero Yellow soft and P Zero Red supersoft. For the British Grand Prix (6 July), the P Zero Orange hard and P Zero White medium will be used. In Germany (20 July), the nomination is P Zero Yellow soft and P Zero Red supersoft, while in Hungary (27 July) there will be the P Zero White medium and P Zero Yellow soft.
The Red Bull Ring in Austria, which is new to the Formula One calendar, contains several tight and twisty sections requiring the two tires that produce the maximum mechanical grip, even at relatively low speeds. Tarmac roughness in Austria is also very low.
Silverstone is a complete contrast: one of the fastest circuits of the season with high energy loads going through the tires. Because of this, the two hardest tires in the range are best-suited to the British track.
This year, the German Grand Prix is held at Hockenheim, which combines some fast straights with a slower and more technical stadium section that forms a significant part of the lap. To provide maximum performance, the soft and supersoft compounds will be in action once more, on a track that has generally low energy demands on the tire.
The Hungaroring is another relatively slow-speed track, but the race is often run in hot conditions, increasing the work on the tires. To provide a wide working range and increase opportunities for strategy, the medium and the soft tires will be brought to Hungary.