Pirelli confirms tyre nominations for rescheduled F1 calendar
Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli has confirmed the compound choices for the first eight 2020 grands prix. Pirelli has made two interesting decisions in this list. First, the softest C5 compound will not feature, a fact most probably informed by the lack of a street circuit in the current calendar. Secondly, the Silverstone double-header on 2 and 9 August will get two different sets of compounds, with C1-3 at the first grand prix, and C2-4 at the second. This will provide an interesting comparison for fans, and gives the tyre manufacturer another chance to discuss the effects different tyre compounds can have on F1 racing.
Mario Isola – head of F1 and car racing, said: “With so many variables at the start of this delayed season, and a flexible calendar that doesn’t leave much time to react to changing circumstances, it was agreed with the Teams, the promoter and the FIA to announce the compound nominations for the first eight races this year all together. As usual, these compounds have been chosen to best match the characteristics of the individual circuit and provide interesting opportunities for race strategy.”
2020 tyre rules
The tyre choices demonstrate Pirelli’s latest F1 branding strategy. While it continues to supply five slick tyre compound choices named C1 to C5, Pirelli opted to drop two of its five sidewall colours, purple and orange, from the 2019 season. The red, yellow, and white sidewalls retained by F1 now signify the three compounds selected for each race weekend, from softest to hardest.
Additional tyre rules continue to apply:
- Each driver must save one set of the softest of the three nominated compounds for Q3. This set will then be returned for those who qualify in the top 10, but the remaining drivers will keep it for the race.
- Each driver must have one set of P Zero White hard and P Zero Yellow medium available for the grand prix and one of them must be used.
- Each driver has 13 sets available in total for the weekend.