Pirelli has confirmed the tire compounds that it will be bringing to the Belgian, Italian and Singapore Grands Prix in the next few months.
The Italian manufacturer has endured a difficult season so far, initially battling criticism from the teams for producing a tire that had too short an operating window thus preventing drivers from pushing for more than a few laps. After trying to remedy this problem, the British Grand Prix saw five tire failures cause many to question the safety of the tires. Therefore, a more conservative stance has been takien for the coming few races.
For the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps, the hard and medium tires will be used. “Spa is the circuit that puts the highest vertical load on the front tires all season, mainly due to Eau Rouge corner. Consequently, the two hardest tires from Pirelli’s Formula One range are the most suitable,” a statement from Pirelli reads.
The same compounds will be offered to teams at the Italian GP due to the heavy braking zones at the fastest track on the F1 calendar. “Whereas Spa is characterized by a lot of fast corners, Monza is all about high-speed straights. Here, the tires are subjected to very high longitudinal forces and blistering can be an issue due to the stress put on the tires under braking,” Pirelli explained.
For Singapore though, the medium and supersoft tires will be used, again marking a change from the compounds used last season (soft/supersoft). Being a street circuit, the tires are not subjected to as much wear, and “the tight and twisty corners make the supersoft the ideal tire to generate traction and grip, while the medium tire adds extra durability into the strategy mix,” according to Pirelli.
This weekend will also see the first use of the 2012 tire constructions, introduced on safety grounds.