Pirelli prepared for the challenges of Hungary


Paul Hembery - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Pirelli have allocated the medium, soft and supersoft tyres for the Hungarian Grand Prix, with the circuit traditionally hard on tyre degradation partly because of the high temperatures on and off track.

Pirelli Motorsport Director, Paul Hembery is looking forward to the challenge of the Hungaroring after some valuable running during the recent in-season test at Silverstone: “Hungary provides a very different type of challenge to what we’ve seen at Silverstone, but some of the teams used the recent Silverstone test to try out a few ideas that could be relevant to the Hungaroring, so it will be interesting to see what effect this has.

The track has been completely resurfaced, and we saw in Austria that this had quite a profound influence as well: we will need to see if this is case in Hungary too, so free practice will be very important.”

The Hungaroring has been described as a go-kart because of the tight nature of the track and the lack of straights which takes its toll on the tyres.  Tyre degradation has always been high in Hungary especially when it’s hot but there are always changeable conditions which brings a different demand on the tyres.

The track has been completely resurfaced and there are also some new kerbing and run offs this could have an impact on the tyres and the abrasive surface could cause higher degradation than expected.

The Silverstone test proved to be successful for Pirelli after the new 2017 tyre was tested and compound concepts in a 2016 tyre size.