Softest tyres chosen for Monaco and Canada

2014 F1 season

Tyres, Bahrain, 2014Pirelli have announced their tyre compounds choices for the Spanish, Monaco and Canadian Grands Prix.

While the hardest tyres have been chosen for the demanding Circuit de Catalunya, Pirelli will bring its softest tyres to the low-grip Monte-Carlo and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve courses.

This means the same mix of compounds are being used for Spain and Monaco as last year, while in Canada the soft tyre will be used instead of the medium.

Here are the tyre choices announced so far:

Circuit 2014 Option 2014 Prime 2013 Option 2013 Prime
Melbourne Soft Medium Super Soft Medium
Sepang Medium Hard Medium Hard
Shanghai Soft Medium Soft Medium
Bahrain Soft Medium Soft Hard
Catalunya Medium Hard Medium Hard
Monte-Carlo Super Soft Soft Super Soft Soft
Montreal Super Soft Soft Super Soft Medium

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16 comments on Softest tyres chosen for Monaco and Canada

  1. wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 11th April 2014, 16:56

    I didn’t know Montreal has such low lateral load. The track is abrasive too…why go for the softest compounds?

    • Dave (@raceprouk) said on 11th April 2014, 17:03

      Montreal has always been allocated softer tyres

    • sato113 (@sato113) said on 11th April 2014, 18:19

      yes i’ve never understood how the 2010 race tore up bullet proof Bridgestones, yet the fast degrading Pirelli super softs of the last few years haven’t had the same issue.

    • frood19 (@frood19) said on 12th April 2014, 12:07

      it’s not just down to the abrasiveness of the track. grip level has a huge amount to do with it – if the track is low grip then the cars slide more (including wheelspin) and degradation is higher. an abrasive surface may not be quite so damaging if it is grippy. also, the track layout determines a lot of the wear (eg. barcelona or turkey has high wear because of the huge lateral loads, whereas montreal has high wear because of the longitudinal loads (braking and accelerating)

  2. Well This year we are less talking about tires than any of Pirelli come-back year so its a good thing whether they choose conservative or Optimal compounds.

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 11th April 2014, 18:59

      Less but still too much, and the reason there has been less has been the more conservative approach .

      • Sri Harsha (@harsha) said on 12th April 2014, 6:10

        I think the only conservative choice they made is for Spain and Sepang which is notorious on tires i wished they went to 2011 or 2012 Choices for those tracks but with the New Engines in test its safe to go for conservative than aggressive and have more talk on tires than engines and other things

  3. HoHum (@hohum) said on 11th April 2014, 18:51

    GREAT :-( We can forget about lap long battles for position then, without rain or a saftey car to reduce the number of laps the cars have to use the tyres for this will become another poor race, but hey we can always blame the exhaust sound.
    I just wish that Jenson had never caught and passed Vettel at the lend of that race, 1 pass because of worn tyres and we have been subject to 3 years of mostly poor racing while drivers nurse their tyres and refuse to get into battles for track posion.

  4. BJ (@beejis60) said on 11th April 2014, 23:58

    Who on the grid runs Motegi wheels? That’s hilarious; didn’t think they made a good wheel whatsoever, let alone a wheel for F1…

  5. Little_M_Lo (@pezlo2013) said on 17th May 2014, 10:19

    10 Day Forecast according to Google suggest rain for Monaco

    In Thursday’s Practice

    On Saturday for Quali

    On Sunday for the race

    What do you think we could be in for this time around?

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