Pirelli bring hardest tyres to Hungaroring for first time

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Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, Hungaroring, 2012Pirelli will bring the hardest tyres from their compound range to the Hungarian Grand Prix in July.

The move came as F1’s official tyre supplier announced it would not bring the new tyre construction tested in Canada to a future race due to a lack of agreement from the teams.

Two years ago Pirelli brought its softest tyres (super-soft and soft) to the Hungaroring. This year the medium and hard compounds will be used. The 2013 specification tyres are softer than those used last year.

“Hungary is the slowest permanent track on the calendar but it still places a lot of demands on the tyres due to its twisty layout, which means that the tyres move around much more than on a fast and flowing track,” said Pirelli in a statement.

“This combined with often high ambient temperatures make the hard and medium compounds the best choice for this track, given that this year?s compounds are softer than last year?s range across the board.”

The low-grip nature of the Hungaroring means softer tyres are usually preferred. Two years ago Pirelli described tyre wear at the track as “not particularly extreme”.

Lewis Hamilton won last year’s Hungarian Grand Prix with one stint on soft tyres and two stints on mediums.

Circuit 2013 Option 2013 Prime 2012 Option 2012 Prime 2011 Option 2011 Prime
Melbourne Super Soft Medium Soft Medium Soft Hard
Sepang Medium Hard Medium Hard Soft Hard
Shanghai Soft Medium Soft Medium Soft Hard
Bahrain Soft Hard Soft Medium No race No race
Catalunya Medium Hard Soft Hard Soft Hard
Monte-Carlo Super Soft Soft Super Soft Soft Super Soft Soft
Montreal Super Soft Medium Super Soft Soft Super Soft Soft
Silverstone Medium Hard Soft Hard Soft Hard
Nurburgring Soft Medium No race No race Soft Medium
Hungaroring Medium Hard Soft Medium Super Soft Soft

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43 comments on Pirelli bring hardest tyres to Hungaroring for first time

  1. neeyo (@neeyo) said on 15th June 2013, 17:05

    What’s the fuss about? It’s been said repeatedly that this year’s tires are about one step softer than last year’s.

    Last year they brought the soft and medium.

    This year they’re bringing the medium and hard.

    Take them down one step and they’re essentially……soft and medium from last year.

    Also, the article starts saying they used the super soft and soft last year, but the table and recount of last years race says soft and medium…. What gives?

  2. Carlos Durazo (@mochodurazo) said on 15th June 2013, 17:57

    Nobody is going to do a hot lap during the race…. no event Super hard tires….

  3. Timothy Katz (@timothykatz) said on 15th June 2013, 23:53

    Why on earth has the sport been brought to this point?
    They are just tyres for goodness sake. They should just be round black things that let the teams get on with their business of racing.
    Why are we concerned about softs versus supersofts versus softs-which-are-really-quite-hard versus hards-with more-than-a-alittle-bit-of-soft?
    The situation has become absurd with the focus on grades of tyres to suit a particular track or team. No one really obsesses about the grade of asphalt that a track is covered in, and it should be the same with the tyres. They should just be the black things between the car and he road.

  4. Michael Brown (@) said on 16th June 2013, 14:50

    It doesn’t change anything compared to last year because this year’s hard and medium is the same as last year’s medium and soft.

  5. Joao Pitol (@dantheman) said on 16th June 2013, 19:16

    This is a very strange year ….. If Pirelli had chosen softs Lotus and Ferrari would have a very strong race. Choosing a harder compound favors other teams. I am speechless, how did we end in a situation where Pirelli picks the winning teams from race to race. FIA needs to sort this out for next year, maybe by limiting compounds to soft and hard.

  6. f1freek (@f1freek) said on 16th June 2013, 20:30

    I’m not really looking forward to Silverstone and Hungaroring. It’s going to be the same Red Bull dominance all over again.

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