Pirelli has confirmed its tire allocation for the Canadian Grand Prix in June where the new ultra-soft compound is poised to make its grand prix debut.
Due to the new tire regulations in place for 2016, Pirelli has been confirmed its picks for races far earlier than usual, with the allocations for Australia, Bahrain, China and Russia already published.
Despite making no announcement for rounds five or six of the season in Spain and Monaco, Pirelli has now selected the compounds available to teams for the Canadian Grand Prix on June 12.
The deadline for making a decision is earlier for flyaway races (14 weeks), hence why the choices have not yet been made for the European rounds (only required eight weeks in advance).
Due to the demands of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Pirelli has elected to take its three softest compounds – soft, super-soft and ultra-soft – to Canada.
The ultra-soft tire has been added to Pirelli’s compound range for 2016 in a bid to spice up races at low wear tracks where one-stop races have become the norm.
The new tire made its on-track debut in Barcelona earlier this week, as pictured above on Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari.
An additional headache for Pirelli is likely to come courtesy of the new qualifying format, due to now be introduced from the Spanish Grand Prix, that adds quickfire eliminations.
Quite how the tire allocation and rulings will be affected remains unclear, but nothing appears to have changed in Pirelli’s decision for the race in Canada.