Pirelli has announced that it will take its medium, soft and super-soft compound tires to Budapest for July’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
Following the introduction of a new rule that requires teams to make their tire selections for races well in advance after the rise from two to three compounds per race for 2016, Pirelli has been announcing its picks very early in 2016.
We may only be five races into the new Formula 1 season, but we now have tire selections all the way up to round 11 on July 24.
In a short statement issued on Thursday, Pirelli confirmed that teams would have the choice of medium, soft and super-soft tires in Hungary.
The selection is a somewhat curious one given the lack of degradation at the Hungaroring that could have permitted the use of the ultra-soft tire, new to Pirelli’s range for 2016.
The purple-ringed compound will make its debut next weekend in Monaco, and is set for further run-outs in Canada and Austria where grip levels are low.
By introducing a third compound for 2016, Pirelli has opened up a far greater choice for teams in terms of race strategy which has resulted in some fascinating races so far this season.