A change for P Zero hard tyre as latest nominations revealed
Pirelli has announced the slick P Zero compounds that will be taken to the next three grands prix in Spain, Monaco and Canada. From Spain onwards, the P Zero Orange hard tyre will also change to a different compound.
Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery said: “After evaluating tyre performance over the balance of the first four races, we took the decision – in consultation with all of the teams – to change the hard compound from Spain onwards, as we did in Barcelona two years ago when we also introduced a new hard tyre for the rest of the season. This latest version of the hard compound is much closer to the 2012 tyre, with the aim of giving the teams more opportunity to run a wider range of strategies in combination with the other compounds, which remain unchanged.”
In Spain, the P Zero Orange hard and P Zero White medium tyres will be nominated: the two hardest tyres in Pirelli’s range, which will cope perfectly with the high-energy demands of the Circuit de Catalunya.
For Monaco, the P Zero Yellow soft and P Zero Red supersoft have been selected. This is the same nomination that has been in place for the Principality for the last two years, ideal for the tight and twisty street circuit.
In Canada the teams will have the P Zero White medium tyre and P Zero Red supersoft: two compounds with a low working range that are well-suited to the low ambient temperatures and specific requirements of the Montreal track.
The 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. 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.
Editor's note: It would appear from this announcement that Pirelli, in changing the hard tire compound, is moving to suppress critism from certain teams.