Pirelli chooses softest tyres for Austria and Germany

2014 F1 season

Tyres, Bahrain, 2014Pirelli has chosen the softest tyres in its range for two of the next four races on the calendar.

F1′s official tyre supplier will bring its two softest compounds the Austrian Grand Prix, which is returning to the calendar for the first time since 2003.

The soft and super-soft compounds will be used at the Red Bull Ring, the configuration of which is the same as when F1 last visited the track 11 years ago, when it was called the A1-Ring.

The same two compounds will also be used for the German Grand Prix, which is being held at the Hockenheimring this year. Pirelli used the medium and soft tyres the last time F1 visited the track in 2012.

For the British and Hungarian Grands Prix the tyre selections are unchanged from last year: the hardest two compounds will be used at Silverstone, and the soft and medium at the Hungaroring.

2014 F1 tyre allocations 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
Red Bull Ring Super Soft Soft n/a n/a
Silverstone Medium Hard Medium Hard
Hockenheimring Super Soft Soft n/a n/a
Hungaroring Soft Medium Soft Medium

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16 comments on Pirelli chooses softest tyres for Austria and Germany

  1. ME4ME (@me4me) said on 6th June 2014, 10:42

    Good job by Pirelli. I guess the team get what they want; soft tyres.

    • Fsoud (@udm7) said on 6th June 2014, 10:57

      You beat me to it.

    • anon said on 6th June 2014, 22:36

      And despite the fact that the teams and drivers have complained about Pirelli being conservative with the tyres this season – hardly surprising given what happened in 2013 – no doubt they will start complaining that the tyres are ‘too soft’ when Pirelli does opt for softer compounds.

  2. marc512 (@marc512) said on 6th June 2014, 11:20

    I’m curious. Would they ever do a Super Soft – Hard combination? Sounds stupid but I think it would spice up the racing.

    • Keith Campbell (@keithedin) said on 6th June 2014, 12:00

      They rarely do more than one step difference between prime and option. I guess it becomes more difficult for teams to set up the cars to suit both compounds the further apart they are in hardness. Might be interesting but it’s bad PR for tPirelli if the supersoft tyre dies within 3-4 laps, which it probably would if the circuit was demanding enough to warrant using the hard compound.

      • VMaxMuffin (@vmaxmuffin) said on 6th June 2014, 12:18

        They rarely do more than one step difference between prime and option

        They (or maybe it was just with Bridgestone?) used to try and always make it two steps to make the difference greater – i.e. Super soft-Medium or Soft-Hard. Of course exceptions applied, for example they always went Super soft – Soft for Monaco. They may have also done Medium-Hard too at some circuits that were tougher on tyres, can’t remember though.

    • Ciaran (@ciaran) said on 6th June 2014, 13:04

      I think they tried it once at Hockenheim 2010 – it didn’t work.

      • Sri Harsha (@harsha) said on 6th June 2014, 14:29

        You are right The Super Soft and Hard compound choice is used in Hockenheim 2010 only

        • Patrick (@paeschli) said on 6th June 2014, 15:51

          From the Wikipedia article:

          The race was also the scene of Bridgestone’s attempt to re-create the conditions at Montreal, where extreme tyre degradation had made the racing closer. However, the plan to bring tyres at the opposite ends of the spectrum – super-soft and hard – had little effect. Nico Hülkenberg was able to do almost forty laps on the super-soft tyres, while Pedro de la Rosa – the final driver to complete his mandatory pit stop – was able to do a similar number on the hard tyre.

  3. GT Racer (@gt-racer) said on 6th June 2014, 14:29

    Remember that Pirelli are not making the tyres any softer, There just going to be using the softest tyres they have in the 2014 compounds.

    Given how all the 2014 compounds are a few steps harder than the 2013 tyres I doubt they will be that much easier to get upto operating temperature.

  4. SatchelCharge (@satchelcharge) said on 6th June 2014, 14:52

    Seems a little bit extreme for the Red Bull Ring, no?

  5. Strontium (@strontium) said on 6th June 2014, 23:46

    Wish they would drop Hungary, such a dull track. Just a shame a new deal was signed last year.

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