2021 British Grand Prix: What will tire management be like?

The sprint race format opens at Silverstone. In addition, a new casing for the rear tires is released.

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This weekend, during the Grand Prix of Great Britain F1 will make history through a new format that will define the starting grid of the English GP, marked as the tenth date of the 2021 tournament. On Saturday afternoon there will be a sprint race en Silverstone whose final result will serve to order the starting grid of the Sunday competition.

In a weekend with two competitions, tire management will be relevant. For this unique presentation, Pirelli had the same nomination as in 2020: C1 as P Zero Blanco (hard), C2 as P Zero Yellow (medium) and C3 as P Zero Red (soft). The demanding demands that the old English airport imposes on tires invite you to use the hardest compounds from the P Zero F1 range.

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The sprint race alters the distribution of games: They will be delivered 12 sets of slicks (instead of 13): two of the hard P Zero, four of the medium P Zero and six of the P Zero. All weekend.

During qualifying on Friday, only the use of the soft tire will be authorized. Although it will not be mandatory to start the Grand Prix with the same rubber used in the Saturday sprint, the pilots have freedom of choice of compounds y they should not perform a mandatory pit stop. There is no change in the regulations for Sunday, except that brokers can freely choose compound for departure.

Moreover, the new housing of Pirelli tires tested during free practice at the Austrian GP will debut at Silverstone and will be used for the remainder of the season. This new construction, exclusively for the rear tires, is more robust but does not imply any increase in weight. Its components include some elements that will incorporate the 18 ”tires of 2022.

Pirelli Silverstone“The Silverstone weekend awaits us with a multitude of new features. The first and foremost is the new sprint race-based qualifying format, which will be put to the test in three Grands Prix this year. This completely alters the dynamics of the weekend, which, of course, will also affect the way the tires are used. The way teams interpret and take advantage of the new regulations will be fascinating to study ”, said Mario isola, responsible for Pirelli in the F.1.

“For our part, we premiered here the new rear tire construction that we successfully tested in Austria, and from which we received positive feedback. As for Silverstone, it remains one of the biggest challenges of the year for tires, as a result of the fast curves on its track, which makes it essential to apply a certain degree of management. Another key factor will be, as always, the changing British weather, a common factor at this time of year ", Agregó.

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