Pirelli has announced the tyre compounds it will be taking to the grands prix of Spain, Monaco, Canada and Austria. Although the nominations are the same as 2014, the fact that the cars are now going faster means more energy will be powering through the wheels.
In Spain, Pirelli will take the P Zero Orange hard and P Zero White medium, the two hardest tyres in the range. The Montmelo circuit is well known for putting high-energy loads through the tyres, while ambient temperatures can also be high.
For Monaco and Canada, respectively a street circuit and a semi-permanent facility, the two softest tyres in the range will again be used, P Zero Yellow soft and P Zero Red Supersoft.
Monaco is the slowest circuit on the calendar, which is very twisty with smooth asphalt, and also relies heavily on mechanical grip from the tyres. This makes it the perfect place for the supersoft with its rapid warm-up to make its debut this year, in combination with the soft.
Canada is another circuit that is very reliant on mechanical grip, with the race frequently held in cool temperatures. As a result, the soft and supersoft are once again the ideal choice. Traction and braking are the main characteristics of the lap.
The Austrian Grand Prix in Spielberg features several sharp corners, meaning that the average speed is relatively low. Coupled with unpredictable weather conditions, the soft and supersoft Pirelli tyres are again well suited to the track characteristics.
Denna Bowman, Head Office