Pirelli confirms F1 tyre compound selections for Britain, Germany, Hungary
Pirelli has confirmed that it will take its PZero Silver hard (prime) and PZero Yellow soft (option) to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix, while Formula One’s 2011 visit to the Nürburgring this year will be on the PZero White medium and PZero Yellow soft tyres and the tight and twisty Hungaroring circuit in Hungary will see the PZero Yellow soft and PZero Red supersoft tyres. Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery commented: “Our nominations are designed to maximise the opportunities for strategy and find the right compromise between performance and durability.
“For Silverstone, we are confirming the decision we took a few weeks ago, after once more consulting all the teams, and for the next two races we have arrived at what we feel to be the best solution based on the information that we have so far. As has been the case up to now this year, we think that there will be quite a wide variety of different strategies for the next three Grands Prix, but for all the races it’s reasonably hard to predict how many pit stops there will be: it ultimately depends on the strategy and strengths of each individual car and team.”
Pirelli states that Silverstone’s speed will require the use of the hard tyre, with soft tyres used to give teams strategic opportunities. The variety of the Nürburgring necessitates the more versatile range of the medium, though the soft tyre is expected to be faster. The Hungaroring’s tight corners and low average speed make it best suited to the two softest compounds in the PZero range.