Rain interrupted debut for Pirelli’s new experimental F1 tyres
Just two weeks after rain interrupted free practice at Silverstone, there were showers once again at Hockenheim for the first two free practice sessions at the German Grand Prix.
Unlike at Silverstone though, at least there was some dry running in the morning, allowing the teams to gather very limited information about the new experimental hard compound tyre, which was tested in free practice along with the usual allocation of 11 slick tyres for the weekend.
The compounds nominated for the German Grand Prix are the P Zero White medium and P Zero Yellow soft. The experimental hard tyres are returned this evening, meaning that the teams will not be able run on them for the rest of the weekend.
The intermittent showers during free practice one meant that teams were often restricted to 10-minute runs, before the changing conditions made it too complex to properly evaluate tyres and parts.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team