Tyres, Montreal, 2011

Pirelli announce tyre choices for final races

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Tyres, Montreal, 2011
Tyres, Montreal, 2011

Pirelli have announced their tyre choices for the final three races of 2011.

F1’s official tyre supplier will bring its hardest compound to the inaugural Indian Grand Prix. They will bring the medium tyre to the final races at Yas Marina and Interlagos.

At all three rounds the soft tyre will also be available, as it has for every race this year.

Motorsport director Paul Hembery said: “India is a big unknown for all the teams and ourselves, so we will also be taking the most durable hard tyre in order to cover every base.”

Here is the full tyre allocation for 2011:

Australian Grand PrixHardSoft
Malaysian Grand PrixHardSoft
Chinese Grand PrixHardSoft
Turkish Grand PrixHardSoft
Spanish Grand PrixHardSoft
Monaco Grand PrixSoftSuper soft
Canadian Grand PrixSoftSuper soft
European Grand PrixMediumSoft
British Grand PrixHardSoft
German Grand PrixMediumSoft
Hungarian Grand PrixSoftSuper soft
Belgian Grand PrixMediumSoft
Italian Grand PrixMediumSoft
Singapore Grand PrixSoftSuper soft
Japanese Grand PrixMediumSoft
Korean Grand PrixSoftSuper soft
Indian Grand PrixHardSoft
Abu Dhabi Grand PrixMediumSoft
Brazilian Grand PrixMediumSoft

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22 comments on “Pirelli announce tyre choices for final races”

  1. Indian Grand Prix Soft Hard

    I just died inside.

    1. @steph That horrible sense of impeding doom, I presume?

      1. @magnificent-geoffrey something like that but doom would be a massive step up for Ferrari on the hard compund.

        1. @steph @magnificent-geoffrey Unfortunately, I don’t think we’ll win again, and the return of the hard tyre doesn’t help :(

  2. i think harder tire is called Prime, so for Indian GP it should be Hard – prime & Soft – option, Abu Dhabi: Medium – prime & Soft – option AND for Brazil: Medium – prime & Soft – option.

    1. @dev I only refer to the prime and option distinctions when it has something to add to the story, which it doesn’t here (it rarely does unless you’re talking about something in the rules).

      1. i think the softer tire is always called an option… you have put harder tire under the option column & softer tire under prime column. That is all what i was referring to.

        1. @dev I know it is, my point is it’s rarely a useful distinction so I usually ignore it.

        2. @dev I think the “option” “prime” thing only came to life because we had not had Pirelli introducing colouring yet and everyone needed some way to tell the world there were different compounds being used in the same session/race.

          Its just a (bad) habit and actually I always found it confusing, as the same compound was known as prime one weekend and as option another weekend. Its not even as if the “prime” compount is either used primarily or even more often.

          1. @bascb – agree with all said, but over a weekend teams get 6 sets of prime tires and 5 sets option tires. for Indian GP it seems that the tire allocation has be modified where teams will be given Soft compound as prime… & the harder compound as option. it’s normally the other way round. so teams get one set more of the softer tire for the practice sessions. don’t know why this was necessary. as for the Qualifications & Race teams get 4 sets of each so it does not really matter much.

      2. Quote from formula1.com
        “At the Indian race, which takes place later this month, the soft tyre will be used as the prime compound along with the hard tyre as the option”

        It seems in FP1, teams can use soft tyre instead of hard so that they can guage it’s durability much better.

        1. Wow… You’re right. That’s very weird. This’ll do the casual fans heads in for sure :/

          Korea (Yeongam) – soft (prime), super-soft (option)
          India (New Delhi) – hard (option), soft (prime)
          Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina) – medium (prime), soft (option)

          1. @mike @raj Let’s hope they don’t eat through their allowance! Could one of you elaborate on the tyre usage restrictions in certain sessions for me? Looks like I’ve missed an important rule here.

          2. @AndrewTanner

            “Drivers will receive three sets (two prime, one option) to use in P1 and P2 and must return one set after each session. A further eight sets will then be at their disposal for the rest of the weekend, although one set of each specification must be handed back before qualifying.”

            From the official F1 site.

            The result is that for India they will lose one set of the harder tyre, but gain one more of the softer tyre compared to normal.

            Why are they doing this? I haven’t the foggiest.

  3. Nice to see the super-soft getting a final outing. What a big, lovely void between hard and soft for India, that should get some heads scratched.

    1. @andrew
      In FP1, teams can only run one set of prime tyres which usually happens to be hard tyre (slower). In FP2 & FP3, teams were given one prime & one soft. For Qualy & race 3 sets of prime & 3 sets of option. so total 11 sets/weekend (6 – prime, 5 – option). But unlike all races, In india teams will have 6 sets of faster tyre (soft) to 5 sets of slower tyres (hard).

      Trying to understand all these details some times makes me better not be so fanatic about F1 :)

      1. Thanks for clearing that up, @raj I knew there were rules in place but I wasn’t aware you could only (usually) use Primes during FP1.

  4. so hard returned. Ferrari would be suffered.

    1. @Eggry Yea, their best bet to get on the top step of the podium looks like it might be Korea.

      Chin up, @Steph ;)

      1. @AndrewTanner like I’ll ever give up on Ferrari :P I’m a Massa fan I’m used to hard times and desperately hoping for the best ;)

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