F2 WITH HARD AND SOFT TYRES AT SILVERSTONE,
The FIA Formula 2 Championship and GP3 Series race at Silverstone this weekend with the next generation of British drivers leading the way in both series: George Russell and Lando Norris in Formula 2 and Callum Ilott in GP3.
• Silverstone is one of the most demanding circuits for the tyres, due in particular to the high lateral loads placed on them through the many quick corners.
• The track was resurfaced earlier in 2018, increasing the amount of grip, making lap times quicker and reducing the degradation.
• The weather at Silverstone is often unpredictable, but with Britain in the midst of a heatwave, hot and dry conditions are expected. The heat combined with the heavy loads can increase surface temperatures.
The tyres and strategy
• The P Zero Ice Blue hard and P Zero Yellow soft tyres have been nominated for F2. Just like in Formula 1, this will be the first appearance of the hard compound this season, emphasising Silverstone’s high demands.
• In F2, each driver has five sets of slick tyres to use over the weekend: three hard and two soft. They also have three sets of wet-weather tyres. During race one, where there is a mandatory pit stop, both compounds have to be used unless it is declared a wet race. Pit stops are optional in race two.
• Just one tyre is nominated for each GP3 round: at Silverstone it’s the hard. Again, this is the first time this will be used this season. Usually, drivers get three new sets of dry tyres plus one carry-over set of mediums from the previous round for us in practice, but instead of carrying over the soft from Austria, teams will get a fourth new set of the hard compound. There are two sets of wet-weather tyres as well.
What happened last year?
Mario Isola, Pirelli head of car racing: “Silverstone is one of the most demanding races of the year for the tyres in both categories, thanks to the high-speed corners that take a lot of energy out of them over a prolonged period of time. This year, we have the added challenge of a new surface, which the drivers and teams will have to quickly assess during free practice, and what is likely to be hot weather over the weekend – although in England it’s always hard to make any firm prediction! Hopefully these factors will lead to a varied mix of strategies, resulting in some exciting and unpredictable races, just as we saw during the last time out in Austria.”