The British Grand Prix, which marks the halfway point of the season, will feature the P Zero White medium, P Zero Yellow soft, and P Zero Red supersoft tyres.
This selection was made as a result of the information gained from previous races, and it marks the first time that the supersoft has been seen at the British Grand Prix. Silverstone is well-known for placing heavy demands on tyres, thanks to quite an abrasive surface and plenty of high-speed corners that put a lot of energy through the tyres.
With it being a home race for so many of the teams, there’s always a unique atmosphere at Silverstone thanks also to the passionate and knowledgeable British fans.
The Circuit From A Tyre Point Of View
• Silverstone is all about lateral energy, thanks to high-speed corners like Becketts.
• With a softer tyre selection than ever seen before, more than one pit stop is likely.
• British weather is famously variable: anything from sunshine to rain is possible.
• The abrasive surface offers high levels of grip, which takes even more out of the tyres.
• The straights are generally short, so the cars run reasonably high downforce levels.
• Track is intensively used during the year, so the surface tends to rubber in quite quickly.
• Logistically, it’s an easy race: Pirelli’s Didcot motorsport facility is only 30 minutes away.
Mario Isola - Head Of Car Racing
“The decision to bring softer tyres to Silverstone than we had originally planned was taken by Pirelli, but with the full approval of the drivers, FIA, teams and promoters, who have appreciated what we are trying to do with this more aggressive nomination. This should open up extra possibilities for different strategies and push teams towards more than one pit stop, although we’ll obviously have a better idea of exact wear and degradation rates when we get there, especially with the supersoft that makes its Silverstone race debut. With Silverstone being among the most demanding tracks for tyres of the entire season, it will be interesting to see how one of the softest tyres in the 2017 range performs there. A lot will depend on the weather: in the past, we’ve seen an extremely wide range of conditions and temperatures”.
With an extremely busy schedule, the track action begins on Thursday, with Formula 2 and GP3 practice. This should lay more rubber on the track for F1 practice on Friday.
Reigning world champion Nico Rosberg was reunited with his 2014 Mercedes W05 in England, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Valtteri Bottas also drove the car.
Pirelli’s 2018 testing campaign resumes after the British Grand Prix, with Force India and Williams driving prototype tyres in a blind test with slick tyres on Tuesday and Wednesday.