Mario Isola, head of F1 and car racing for Pirelli Motorsport, said the teams should have “plenty of relevant data”, ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend, as the race has not been rearranged to another date due to the changes made to this year’s calendar as a result of the on-going COVID-19 crisis.
The tyres allocated for the weekend are the C2 compound, which is the white-walled hard tyre, the C3 being the yellow-walled medium compound. The C4 will be used as the red-walled soft tyre, softer that the tyre which was offered last year.
Pirelli have made this tyre allocation because medium and soft were the most popular compound at last year’s race, with many of the teams using an allocation of ten soft tyres and one hard. However, this is not possible as tyre allocations for this season have been standardised to two sets of hard, three sets of medium, and eight sets of the soft tyre.
“The reputation of Spa speaks for itself: it’s an old-school track with plenty of elevation and other variables, which the drivers love because of the many challenges and sensations that it delivers,” said Isola.
He went on: “This year’s tyre selection is a step softer than last year’s, even though we expect the cars to be considerably faster, as has been the case for most of the season so far.
“Spa is one of the few rounds this year that has not had a date change compared to its traditional slot, so the teams should have plenty of relevant data, even though this is probably the circuit where it’s hardest to predict the conditions.
“So the teams and drivers who are best able to rapidly adapt to changing circumstances tend to be those most rewarded. One difference this year is that the Spa 24 Hours hasn’t taken place as usual a couple of weeks ago: it will be interesting to see if that has any effect – although any rubber that is previously laid down is often washed away by rain in any case.”
Isola also paid tribute to BWT Arden driver Anthonie Hubert, who sadly lost his life in an accident with Juan Manual Correa, which occurred on the second lap of the Formula 2 feature race at the circuit last year.
“Finally, but most importantly, I am sure that Anthoine Hubert will be at the forefront of everybody’s minds this weekend and we would all like to pay tribute to him, a year on from his passing”.