Pirelli Announce Compound Choices for Next Four Rounds

by Paul Hensby

Pirelli have announced the compounds of tyre that the eleven Formula One teams will have at their disposal for the next four rounds in Austria, Great Britain, Germany and Hungary.

The Red Bull Ring is hosting the first Austrian Grand Prix since 2003, and Pirelli have decided due to the circuit requiring the maximum mechanical grip that the two softest tyres, the P Zero Yellow Soft and the P Zero Red Supersoft tyre will be used.

The Championship then moves onto Silverstone, and Pirelli will be hoping that a repeat of the infamous 2013 race does not occur when the race was marred with a series of punctures, including for then race-leader Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes. The track is renowned for the tyres having high energy loads going through them, so Pirelli have decided on the two hardest compounds of tyre should be used – the P Zero Orange Hard and the P Zero White Medium.

The German Grand Prix switches this year to Hockenheim, and the track has a combination of fast straights and a slower more technical stadium section. With maximum performance in mind, the Soft and Supersoft will be used in Germany.

The Hungaroring will once again play host to the Hungarian Grand Prix, and with the speed of the track relatively low but the temperatures relatively high, Pirelli have decided the Medium and Soft tyres will be utilised.

The announcement for the Belgian Grand Prix onwards will be announced at a later date.

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