By Alex Kapadia
Pirelli has announced that it is bringing its hard and soft tyres to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Paul Hembery, director of motorsport for the Italian tyres manufacturer, insists that hard compounds remain the best choice for the Silverstone track – despite criticism from Ferrari following the Spanish Grand Prix.
Hembery explained: “There has been a lot of comment in the last few weeks about the choice for Silverstone.
“Silverstone is one of the hard circuits in the season, it has a very aggressive surface, it has an unknown factor because the surface has been changed due to the new building work, and in terms of the tyre maker’s point of view it is probably one of the hardest circuits that we face during the year – together with Istanbul, Malaysia and going forward something like Spa and Monza for the high speeds and then Suzuka.
“Also, being in England, it’s very variable in terms of weather. This week they were having 30C, today I believe it’s down to about 15C. So again, from a tyre maker’s point of view, making a tyre work in that wide variety of conditions is a big challenge, hence the reason that we felt also offering the soft compound would allow us to operate in cooler conditions.”
Ferrari were unhappy with the hard compound tyres in Barcelona, however, McLaren and Red Bull managed to get to grips with them.