Pirelli announces compound choices up to Hungary

Milan, July 2nd, 2012 – The tyre choices for the two grands prix that remain up to the traditional mid-season break – Germany and Hungary – have been announced by Pirelli. The P Zero White medium tyre and P Zero Yellow soft tyre will be nominated for both races. Hockenheim, the home of the German Grand Prix this year, is one of just three new tracks for Pirelli in Formula One competition this year, together with Bahrain and the United States. Data simulation, together with Pirelli’s previous experiences of supplying GP3 at Hockenheim, indicate that the medium compound together with the soft compound will be the best combination to cope with the wide-ranging demands of the German circuit, which contains several fast sections as well as a slower and more technical loop. The Hungaroring, which was used last year, is much more tight and twisty with little grip. Ambient and track temperatures are normally very high, which also suit the P Zero White and P Zero Yellow tyres. 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. The tyre choices so far:

  PZero Red PZero Yellow PZero White PZero Silver
Australia   Soft Medium  
Malaysia     Medium Hard
China   Soft Medium  
Bahrain   Soft Medium  
Spain   Soft   Hard
Monaco Supersoft Soft    
Canada Supersoft Soft    
Europe   Soft Medium  
Great Britain   Soft   Hard
Germany   Soft Medium  
Hungary   Soft Medium