Pirelli has nominated the softest tyre compounds in its range for two of the next four races.
Following criticism from a number of drivers – most notably Sergio Perez – that the tyre manufacturer been selecting tyre compounds which are too hard, Pirelli has named the soft and supersoft tyres for the returning Austrian Grand Prix as well as the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.
“The Red Bull Ring in Austria, which is new to the Formula One calendar, contains several tight and twisty sections requiring the two tyres that produce the maximum mechanical grip, even at relatively low speeds,” Pirelli explained. “Tarmac roughness in Austria is also very low.”
With the British Grand Prix sandwiched between those two races and taking place on the high-speed Silverstone circuit, Pirelli has selected the hardest two compounds – the medium and hard – as a result of the high energy loads which the tyres will be subjected to.
The Hungarian Grand Prix is the last race before the mid-season break and the medium and soft compounds will be supplied at the Hungaroring as Pirelli admits it is wary of the potential for high temperatures in Budapest in July.