The Formula One season gets underway again this weekend following the annual three week summer break with one of the most exciting races on the calendar.
Variable weather is a hallmark of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, which also boasts the longest lap and one of the most demanding circuits of the year for tyres. Pirelli has opted for the P Zero White medium tyres and P Zero Yellow soft tyres, a softer choice compared to last year, to promote different strategies.
Paul Hembery, motorsport director for Pirelli tyres, commented: “Spa is one of the most epic circuits of the year, and a track we know well from our experience of GT racing at the Spa 24 Hours too.
“An adaptable tyre is the key element, able to work equally well within the very wide range of track and weather conditions that we often see in Belgium.
“Despite the fact that tyre wear and degradation is traditionally high at Spa – the result of the multiple energy loadings put through the tyres – we have been able to nominate the soft tyres here as well as the medium for the first time since 2011, with the softer option liable to be the preferred choice in qualifying due to a significant time gap. This is because of the length of the lap, meaning also that strategy is a very big factor in Spa: there is more time to be won and lost by being on the right tyre at the right time than at many other venues.
“It’s the sort of race where, under the right circumstances, it’s absolutely possible to go from last to first – and that always makes for a very exciting grand prix.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office