Pirelli to use hardest tyres for United States GP

2012 F1 season

Pirelli will bring its two hardest tyre compounds for F1’s first race at the Circuit of the Americas in November.

The medium and hard tyres will be used for the last two races of the season In the USA and Brazil. Pirelli chose its soft and medium tyres for last year’s race at Interlagos.

As in 2011, the soft and medium tyres will be used for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit.

Here is Pirelli’s complete 2012 tyre allocation:

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
Hockenheimring Soft Medium No race No race
Hungaroring Soft Medium Super Soft Soft
Spa-Francorchamps Medium Hard Soft Medium
Monza Medium Hard Soft Medium
Singapore Super Soft Soft Super Soft Soft
Suzuka Soft Hard Soft Medium
Korea Super Soft Soft Super soft Soft
Buddh Soft Hard Hard Soft
Yas Marina Soft Medium Soft Medium
Circuit of the Americas Medium Hard No race No race
Interlagos Medium Hard Soft Medium

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28 comments on Pirelli to use hardest tyres for United States GP

  1. Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 16th October 2012, 15:11

    mmm…, why the sudden change at Interlagos?

    • Ogurka said on 16th October 2012, 15:28

      It’s in line with what they did at Spa and Monza. They have softened all but the SuperSoft this year and this years Hard is similar to last years Medium.

  2. Dave (@davea86) said on 16th October 2012, 15:35

    According to the table, last year in India the hard was the option and the soft was the prime. Is that a typo or did they change the way they named them for that race?

  3. Estesark (@estesark) said on 16th October 2012, 15:36

    I think the prime and option tyres for Buddh in 2011 are the wrong way round.

  4. Timothy Katz (@timothykatz) said on 16th October 2012, 15:50

    Good grief, Austin is only a month away. It seems to have arrived awfully quickly. Does anyone have an update on the circuit state?

  5. Personally I think this is just caution as it is of course a new circuit; in India Pirelli gave extra sets of the Hards to which they discovered that there was almost no degradation. Next year I expect a slightly more aggressive tyre choice.

  6. Can’t wait to go to Austin!

  7. Toxic (@toxic) said on 16th October 2012, 22:08

    I like this choice. It seems that Ferrari is strugling on the SS tires :)

  8. Is there a link to the full size version of the image of the pirelli tires that accompanies this article on the main index page? This is the small image: http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/tyres-hock-2012-4-e1350395837930-208×117.jpg

  9. Dizzy said on 16th October 2012, 23:44

    im happy that pirelli are going “conservative” in the final races as i don’t want the championship to come down to tyre deg, i want to see a straight fight over the final races where the contenders are able to drive flat out rather than having to worry about tyres falling off a cliff.

    i think korea, monaco & other races showed that having high tyre deg isn’t always a good thing as drivers cruising around well off the limit because of tyre concerns is no fun to watch, a bad thing for the championship & not what f1 should be about nor what should decide the title.

    • leotef (@leotef) said on 17th October 2012, 3:50

      i think korea, monaco & other races showed that having high tyre deg isn’t always a good thing as drivers cruising around well off the limit because of tyre concerns is no fun to watch, a bad thing for the championship & not what f1 should be about nor what should decide the title.

      Couldn’t agree more. The tyre preservation has become too big a factor of each GP, ridding off genuine driver’s skills for fight for better position and ensuing show off. These days most are talking ’bout tyre preservation and decides to cruise at a given position rather than challenging.

  10. BasCB (@bascb) said on 17th October 2012, 6:38

    Hm, so it seems Pirelli expect the tyres to get a pounding in Austin then. Maybe also because of relatively warm weather and new track making it slippery?

  11. MattB (@mattb) said on 17th October 2012, 17:38

    Of course Pirelli are taking their hardest two compounds to Austin – the last thing they want is their new audience of Americans to tune in to two hours of tyre conservation!

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