Pirelli announce tyre choices for final races

2011 F1 season

Tyres, Montreal, 2011

Tyres, Montreal, 2011

Pirelli have announced their tyre choices for the final three races of 2011.

F1′s official tyre supplier will bring its hardest compound to the inaugural Indian Grand Prix. They will bring the medium tyre to the final races at Yas Marina and Interlagos.

At all three rounds the soft tyre will also be available, as it has for every race this year.

Motorsport director Paul Hembery said: “India is a big unknown for all the teams and ourselves, so we will also be taking the most durable hard tyre in order to cover every base.”

Here is the full tyre allocation for 2011:

Race Prime Option
Australian Grand Prix Hard Soft
Malaysian Grand Prix Hard Soft
Chinese Grand Prix Hard Soft
Turkish Grand Prix Hard Soft
Spanish Grand Prix Hard Soft
Monaco Grand Prix Soft Super soft
Canadian Grand Prix Soft Super soft
European Grand Prix Medium Soft
British Grand Prix Hard Soft
German Grand Prix Medium Soft
Hungarian Grand Prix Soft Super soft
Belgian Grand Prix Medium Soft
Italian Grand Prix Medium Soft
Singapore Grand Prix Soft Super soft
Japanese Grand Prix Medium Soft
Korean Grand Prix Soft Super soft
Indian Grand Prix Hard Soft
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Medium Soft
Brazilian Grand Prix Medium Soft

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22 comments on Pirelli announce tyre choices for final races

  1. Indian Grand Prix Soft Hard

    I just died inside.

  2. Dev (@dev) said on 7th October 2011, 6:22

    i think harder tire is called Prime, so for Indian GP it should be Hard – prime & Soft – option, Abu Dhabi: Medium – prime & Soft – option AND for Brazil: Medium – prime & Soft – option.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 7th October 2011, 6:33

      @dev I only refer to the prime and option distinctions when it has something to add to the story, which it doesn’t here (it rarely does unless you’re talking about something in the rules).

      • Dev (@dev) said on 7th October 2011, 6:51

        i think the softer tire is always called an option… you have put harder tire under the option column & softer tire under prime column. That is all what i was referring to.

        • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 7th October 2011, 7:13

          @dev I know it is, my point is it’s rarely a useful distinction so I usually ignore it.

        • BasCB (@bascb) said on 7th October 2011, 13:32

          @dev I think the “option” “prime” thing only came to life because we had not had Pirelli introducing colouring yet and everyone needed some way to tell the world there were different compounds being used in the same session/race.

          Its just a (bad) habit and actually I always found it confusing, as the same compound was known as prime one weekend and as option another weekend. Its not even as if the “prime” compount is either used primarily or even more often.

          • Dev (@dev) said on 7th October 2011, 14:11

            @bascb – agree with all said, but over a weekend teams get 6 sets of prime tires and 5 sets option tires. for Indian GP it seems that the tire allocation has be modified where teams will be given Soft compound as prime… & the harder compound as option. it’s normally the other way round. so teams get one set more of the softer tire for the practice sessions. don’t know why this was necessary. as for the Qualifications & Race teams get 4 sets of each so it does not really matter much.

      • Quote from formula1.com
        “At the Indian race, which takes place later this month, the soft tyre will be used as the prime compound along with the hard tyre as the option”

        It seems in FP1, teams can use soft tyre instead of hard so that they can guage it’s durability much better.

        • Mike (@mike) said on 7th October 2011, 7:43

          Wow… You’re right. That’s very weird. This’ll do the casual fans heads in for sure :/

          Korea (Yeongam) – soft (prime), super-soft (option)
          India (New Delhi) – hard (option), soft (prime)
          Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina) – medium (prime), soft (option)

          • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 7th October 2011, 8:22

            @mike @raj Let’s hope they don’t eat through their allowance! Could one of you elaborate on the tyre usage restrictions in certain sessions for me? Looks like I’ve missed an important rule here.

          • Mike (@mike) said on 7th October 2011, 16:17

            @AndrewTanner

            “Drivers will receive three sets (two prime, one option) to use in P1 and P2 and must return one set after each session. A further eight sets will then be at their disposal for the rest of the weekend, although one set of each specification must be handed back before qualifying.”

            From the official F1 site.

            The result is that for India they will lose one set of the harder tyre, but gain one more of the softer tyre compared to normal.

            Why are they doing this? I haven’t the foggiest.

  3. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 7th October 2011, 8:18

    Nice to see the super-soft getting a final outing. What a big, lovely void between hard and soft for India, that should get some heads scratched.

    • @andrew
      In FP1, teams can only run one set of prime tyres which usually happens to be hard tyre (slower). In FP2 & FP3, teams were given one prime & one soft. For Qualy & race 3 sets of prime & 3 sets of option. so total 11 sets/weekend (6 – prime, 5 – option). But unlike all races, In india teams will have 6 sets of faster tyre (soft) to 5 sets of slower tyres (hard).

      Trying to understand all these details some times makes me better not be so fanatic about F1 :)

  4. Eggry (@eggry) said on 7th October 2011, 9:56

    so hard returned. Ferrari would be suffered.

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