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No hard tyres again for Italian Grand Prix

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Formula One’s official tyre supplier Pirelli will continue to avoid using its hard compound tyre at the Italian Grand Prix.

The Monza circuit is the quickest on the F1 calendar but this will be the third year in a row the hard tyre compounds won’t be used at the race.

The super-soft tyre will be the mandatory compound for qualifying. Drivers will have to keep at least one set of the soft and medium compounds tyres available to use in the race and run at least one of them.

The hard tyre has only been used at the Circuit de Catalunya so far this year and is now unlikely to reappear before the end of the season. The tyre selections are yet to be announced for the races in the USA, Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi.

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  • 11 comments on “No hard tyres again for Italian Grand Prix”

    1. Bastian Shi (@kimiforpresident)
      29th June 2017, 14:21

      Anyone else think the hard tyre should just be dropped for 2018?

      1. I thought it is already common knowledge that hard tyre have been dropped for rest of this year.


        1. I hadn’t heard this, very interesting.

          I think they need to change the naming for next year then, so ultra soft becomes super soft, super soft becomes soft, etc. Keep the three tyre rule though, of course. Or alternatively, allow the teams
          the choice of all four compounds every weekend.

          1. @strontium There will be a mega-soft compound next year and the hard compound will be scrapped. So then there is mega-soft, ultra-soft, super-soft, soft and medium. Madness!

      2. No as all the compounds will be made softer next year so there should be 5 compounds that are usable depending on circuit. At the moment they are so hard they only really need US, SS and S tyres.

        Pirelli were hammered for soft tyres but teams wont do good length tyre tests so they went the other way. By next year they should be able to work out a happy median.

    2. Drop the ultra soft name and make the entire range softer. In other words next year’s hard would be this years medium.

    3. Very unfortunate but it is the result to the lack of sufficient testing on the then-new 2017 specs cars

      1. I don’t think this is due to lack of testing. If you see last year, the hard tyres were used for roughly 6% of the laps done last year (Palmer was the highest user at 90 laps – 9% – across the season) while being available for 20% of the races (Catalunya, Silverstone, Suzuka, Sepang). So anyways, they were not a preferred tyre in the era of degrading tyres. This year with non-degrading tyres, their appeal was bound to reduce.

        The loss of the hard tyre should not be moaned about or blamed on to anyone (teams, testing, Pirelli or FIA). The tyre has run its course and will pass into history peacefully.

    4. Pirelli drops hard tyre for rest of 2017 Formula 1 season, so it’s obvious that they will not use the hards in Italy ;)


    5. Well… they wasted their time and other teams time by bringing that tyre…

    6. Again, a bit disappointed about the compound combination choice, and I’d use the same argument in favor of bringing the ultra-soft to Monza as I did with Baku: Low-degradation has been the historical norm there. If last year’s less durable and softer than this year’s ultra-soft tyres can handle the high straight-line speeds there then in that regard so can the current ultra-soft as well. The top speed excuse behind the lack of courage to bring the ultra-soft is quite a poor one exactly because of that (last year’s tyres that are less durable than this year’s softest compound could handle the high speeds of Baku, Monza, and Mexico without a problem). How much are you willing to bet that they will again choose this combination for the Mexican GP despite valid reasons for bringing the ultra-soft/supersoft/soft combination?

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