Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery says it is a bigger challenge for the tyre manufacturer to get compound choices right at circuits which are used less frequently.
This weekend's German Grand Prix takes place at Hockenheim, which alternates with the Nurburgring as the host venue. Without data from last year's race to help, Hembery admits the decision to choose the supersoft tyre for 2014 wasn't a straightforward one but he doesn't foresee any issues.
“It's a pleasure to go back to Hockenheim after two years away, but this increases the workload for ourselves and the teams as the only concrete F1 data we currently have is two years old – when the cars and the tyres were very different,” Hembery said. “So we expect the Friday free practice sessions to be extremely important, as the teams use the time to assimilate as much relevant information as they can.
“We've never been to Hockenheim with the supersoft before, but now that we have collected more data on the compounds this year, we think it should be well-suited to the varying demands of Hockenheim, which used to be one of the fastest circuits in the world, before it was modified in 2002. By Friday afternoon, we should have a clearer idea of how many pit stops we might expect.”
Pirelli has nominated the soft and supersoft compounds for this weekend's race, a combination that has been used for three of the last four grands prix in Monaco, Canada and Austria.