Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli have announced the tyre compound selections for the opening eight races of the 2020 season, and have decided to use two different compound variations for the doubleheader at Silverstone.
Pirelli plan to bring the C2, C3, and C4 compounds for the two races in Austria, Hungary, Belgium, and Italy, and the harder C1, C2, and C3 compounds for the British and Spanish Grands Prix.
However, for the second race at Silverstone sandwiched between them, dubbed the Emirates Formula 1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, will be one step softer than the offerings for the British Grand Prix. Pirelli will be bringing the C2, C3, and C4 compounds for this second race.
“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,” said Pirelli chief Mario Isola in a press release.
“As usual, these compounds have been chosen to best match the characteristics of the individual circuit and provide interesting opportunities for race strategy.”
Last season, Pirelli brought the same range of compounds to the Red Bull Ring and Silverstone, but have decided to mix it up which could potentially add excitement to the second race, which is something that Formula 1 has been looking to do since the idea of double header weekends was announced.
F1 director of motorsports Ross Brawn has stated before that the sport is looking at different ways to make the second week of double header races more exciting without putting specific teams at a disadvantage.