By Alex Kapadia
Pirelli has announced the Formula One tyres it will be using for the forthcoming races in Montreal, Valencia and Silverstone.
For the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, the teams will use the P Zero Yellow soft and P Zero Red supersoft tyres.
Montreal’s street circuit is tight and twisty, making it ideally suited to the two softest compounds in Pirelli’s range, which is following the same set-up as Monaco this weekend.
At the Grand Prix of Europe in Valencia, the teams will have the P Zero White medium and P Zero Yellow soft at their disposal.
Valencia is also a street circuit, but higher temperatures and faster speeds mean that the medium and the soft tyres are most suitable.
Finally, for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Pirelli will bring the P Zero Silver hard and P Zero Yellow soft.
Silverstone is one of the quickest circuits of the year, so the nomination of hard and soft – with a full step in between the two compounds – will demonstrate the durability and performance of Pirelli’s products, while opening up many different possibilities in terms of strategy.
The 2012 rules stipulate that under normal circumstances each team will receive six sets of the harder compound and five sets of the softer compound for the race weekend, which can now be used at any point from free practice one on Friday onwards.
Pirelli will also bring its Cinturato Green intermediate tyre for damp track conditions (four sets per driver) as well as the Cinturato Blue rain tyre (three sets per driver) to each race).