Pirelli announce unchanged tyre allocations for next three races

2012 F1 season

Pirelli will allocate the same tyre compounds for the Canadian, European and British races that were supplied last year.

Drivers will have the soft and super-soft tyres in Montreal, soft and medium in Valencia, and soft and hard in Silverstone.

Here are the tyre allocations announced so far this year and how they compare to last year:

Circuit 2012 Option 2012 Prime 2011 Option 2011 Prime
Melbourne Soft Medium Soft Hard
Sepang Medium Hard Soft Hard
Shanghai Soft Medium Soft Hard
Bahrain Soft Medium No race No race
Catalunya Soft Hard Soft Hard
Monte-Carlo Super-soft Soft Super-soft Soft
Montreal Super-soft Soft Super-soft Soft
Valencia Soft Medium Soft Medium
Silverstone Soft Hard Soft Hard

Pirelli’s soft, medium and hard tyres are softer compounds than those used last year.

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29 comments on Pirelli announce unchanged tyre allocations for next three races

  1. BasCB (@bascb) said on 21st May 2012, 8:00

    Pretty much as expected, although I would have fancied them to take a few more gambles maybe, because the teams will certainly start to get a grip on the tyres in the next few races.

  2. sumedh said on 21st May 2012, 9:49

    I hoped they would try something different with Valencia atleast..

  3. Hadzhiev (@hadzhiev) said on 21st May 2012, 12:31

    It’s nice to see how the photos of Michael Schumacher are persistently connected with the threads for the Pirelli’s tyres in Formula One.

    I strongly believe one day most people will understand that Formula One is not all about conserving tyres and then the merits of his straightforwardness will be estimated with due attention and in the proper manner.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 21st May 2012, 12:51

      @hadzhiev There’s no image in this article.

      Are you talking about the caption picture on the home page? If so you should know it was chosen because I was looking for a picture of a driver in Canada last year on super-soft tyres.

    • Mayank (@mjf1fan) said on 21st May 2012, 17:54

      @hadzhiev… +1

    • javlinsharp (@javlinsharp) said on 21st May 2012, 18:28

      @hadzhiev, much agreed.
      I too fear F1 conversion to being a “Race of the Conservative” Much like Nascar and Indy. These races are very much processional until the last few laps, during which there is a mad dash, and rarely any reason for each front running driver to win except luck.

      In Nascar, drivers do not generally fight for positions early on. As long as they are in the top 10 and not to far back with 10 laps to go, they have nearly an identical chance of winning.

      Lets hope F1 can be better than that.

    • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 21st May 2012, 23:45

      @hadzhiev I don’t think Formula 1 is all about tyre conservation. I don’t really get why only 5 races in to this season people think that it will be like this forever. That’s not the case and it won’t be.

      Formula 1, for me, is about working against the odds. Sure, Pirelli could make another set of Bridgestones, but where would be the challenge in that?

      Make them work for it, make them complain if they want. I’m watching the top level of motorsport here.

      • Hadzhiev (@hadzhiev) said on 22nd May 2012, 0:31

        Keep watchin’, then.
        I do not mind.

        And believe me, if you have 5 different winners in only 5 races (this was almost one-third of the season few years ago), something is not right.

        • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 22nd May 2012, 8:39

          @hadzhiev What was wrong in 1983, then?

          • Hadzhiev (@hadzhiev) said on 22nd May 2012, 12:48

            @keithcollantine The fastest drivers were not dependent on 1-2 °C margin in the track temperature to be “the fastest” and also the best drivers weren’t dependent on artificial gimmicks, then.

            One should also consider the very important fact that there were lots of racing incidents early in the 1984 Formula One Season thus much that it mixed the picture to a great extent.

          • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 22nd May 2012, 12:51

            @hadzhiev That doesn’t answer the question.

            You said there must be something wrong if five different drivers can win the first five races. That happened in 1983. So, in your view, what was wrong in 1983?

          • Hadzhiev (@hadzhiev) said on 22nd May 2012, 15:59

            @keithcollantine
            I’ve answered your question, Keith.

          • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 22nd May 2012, 16:20

            @hadzhiev You said: “The fastest drivers were not dependent on 1-2 °C margin in the track temperature to be “the fastest” and also the best drivers weren’t dependent on artificial gimmicks, then.” Is that what you’re saying was “wrong” in 1983? If so, why?

          • Hadzhiev (@hadzhiev) said on 22nd May 2012, 17:15

            No, my post as a whole is the exact answer to the question, in particular, the second part of it.

            “One should also consider the very important fact that there were lots of racing incidents early in the 1984 Formula One Season thus much that it mixed the picture to a great extent.”

            And I did not say it was “wrong”. The incidents were the reason of the mixed up picture then. That’s all.

  4. HoHum (@hohum) said on 22nd May 2012, 1:41

    So in reality, at Monaco we will have the ” super-super-soft” and the ” super-soft” even though by use of semantics it will be the same as last year.

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 22nd May 2012, 1:48

      Would be nice if Pirelli gave up the name game and simply gave the tyres a 1 to 10 hardness grade, so we don’t have the ridiculous situation of the “Softs” being the hard option, must be totally incomprehensible for new or casual viewers.

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