The weight of expectation will once again fall on Mercedes driver and reigning Formula One world champion, Lewis Hamilton to secure a second consecutive win at the British Grand Prix this weekend.
Pirelli is taking its two hardest tyres to Silverstone, the P Zero Orange hard and P Zero White medium, where speeds and tyre energy are notoriously high and significant levels of degradation are expected, especially if temperatures are warm.
As well as being one of the quickest and most historic venues on the championship calendar, Silverstone is also something of a home race for Pirelli, because the Italian tyre manufacturers Formula One logistics hub and centre of engineering excellence is located in Didcot, less than an hour away by car.
Paul Hembery, motorsport director for Pirelli tyres, commented: “Silverstone is always a fantastic occasion, with an extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic fan base of British spectators. It’s one of the few circuits where the drivers say that they can actually hear the crowd as they are driving along.
“As was the case last year, we’re bringing our two hardest tyres in the range, because Silverstone gives us the highest lateral energy loads of the season. These place heavy demands on both the tyre compound and structure. So we should be seeing between one and two pit stops at Silverstone, especially if the weather is warm, which is expected to be the case. Having said that, warm weather has been the forecast for a number of years previously – and we’ve still often ended up with a dose of more traditional British weather instead!
“So the teams will have to be prepared for everything and think about how to get the maximum out of their tyres during the weekend as a whole, rather than just session-by-session. Silverstone is one of those circuits that really rewards absolute bravery and commitment, so we should be in for a great race.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office