Sidepodcast // All for F1 and F1 for all

Next race: Spanish Grand Prix, Barcelona
F1Minute // Bitesize Formula One news

Pirelli to bring experimental tyres to Hockenheim // The evolving hard tyre compounds will be brought to Germany

Published by Christine Blachford

Pirelli to bring experimental tyres to Hockenheim
Credit: Pirelli S.p.A.

This is F1Minute - Pirelli to bring experimental tyres to Hockenheim.

F1’s sole tyre supplier Pirelli had hoped to bring a new rubber compound to the British Grand Prix, granting the teams extra sets of the experimental hard tyre to use during Free Practice, so as to give them some time to evaluate. The wet weather at Silverstone put pay to that idea, but Pirelli intend to try again this weekend in Hockenheim.

Motorsport boss at Pirelli, Paul Hembery, has made it clear they are interested in the team’s thoughts on the new compound, but don’t intend to switch things up immediately, he says: “We’re running them in Friday free practice only as with the championship so finely balanced, we feel that it would be unfair to suddenly alter one of the fundamental parameters that the teams have made a lot of effort to understand and get the most out of. But we enjoy a very productive dialogue with them, and we will always take into account the wishes of the majority.”

The tyres couldn’t just be brought into use at the German Grand Prix anyway, as Pirelli have opted for the soft and medium compounds for the race at Hockenheim. This combination was last seen in action in Valencia.