Pirelli has again chosen not to bring its hardest tyre compound to the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps despite the high-speed tyre blow-outs encountered last year.
Formula One’s official tyre supplier faced severe criticism after the failures on Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari during the race and Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes during practice.
It will provide the medium, soft and super-soft compounds for the Belgian round. Drivers must use either the medium or soft during the race and those who reach Q3 will have to use the super-soft tyre in that session.
Pirelli has also announced its tyre options for the Japanese Grand Prix. It will bring its hardest available for tyres for the race at Suzuka, another of F1’s fastest circuits. Drivers must use at least one set of hard tyres during the race and the softs in Q3.
2016 tyre nominations
|Circuit||2016 Q3||2016 Option||2016 Prime||2015 Option||2015 Prime|
|Baku||Super-soft||Soft||Medium||No race||No race|
|Red Bull Ring||Ultra-soft||Super-soft||Soft||Super-soft||Soft|
|Hockenheimring||Super-soft||Soft||Medium||No race||No race|
2016 Belgian Grand Prix
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