Pirelli’s middle range returns to Paul Ricard race

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By Balazs Szabo on

Formulation One’s sole tyre provider Pirelli determined to deliver the three compounds in the course of its vary to the Paul Ricard circuit which is about to host the 61st operating of the FIA Formulation One French Grand Prix.

The French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard, returning after a 12 months off as a result of Covid-19 pandemic, will use the center three compounds within the Formulation 1 vary: C2 because the P Zero White onerous, C3 because the P Zero Yellow medium, and C4 because the P Zero Pink tender. This is identical alternative as was made in 2019, when the race was final run.

These tyres in the course of the vary are nicely suited to the numerous traits of the observe. New asphalt laid on practically all of the corners simply earlier than the 2019 race ensures a clean floor for them to work on.

Tyre degradation at Paul Ricard is usually low: nonetheless, Flip 13 is especially demanding when it comes to steady vitality calls for on the tyre, as is the Signes nook after the Mistral straight.

Sector three on the Paul Ricard circuit is extra about lateral forces moderately than traction and braking; the remainder of the lap is sort of balanced (one of many explanation why this observe is a widely known take a look at venue).

Earlier than the observe returned to F1 in 2018 following a chronic absence, a chicane was positioned within the well-known Mistral straight to decelerate the excessive high speeds, making it successfully two separate straights with a chicane within the center.

The profitable technique again in 2019 was a one-stopper, from medium to onerous. This was adopted by all of the podium finishers, with all however seven of the drivers beginning the race on the medium tyre.

Paul Ricard might be highly regarded presently of 12 months: final time, observe temperatures exceeded 50 levels centigrade.

Pirelli’s Head of F1 and Automotive Racing Mario Isola expects the one-stop technique to outline the race this 12 months once more, however thinks that all kinds of that’s potential on Sunday given the final race at Paul Ricarcd in 2019.

“We’re again to the mixture of tyres used for the primary two races of this 12 months, proper in the course of the vary. That is essentially the most versatile mixture, nicely suited to all kinds of various calls for, and that is additionally what makes it a superb match for the Paul Ricard circuit, which incorporates an fascinating mixture of corners.

“This additionally makes Paul Ricard a superb testing venue, and whereas we’ve not had a Formulation 1 race there for 2 years, we’ve been testing subsequent 12 months’s 18-inch moist tyres at this observe earlier within the season, and we additionally raced there final month within the GT World Problem.

“For France, we’re sticking with the identical nomination we had on the final French Grand Prix, which resulted in a one-stopper for a lot of the drivers. Nevertheless, we noticed that there have been just a few various kinds of one-stopper that had been run, giving rise to a variety of distinct methods,” Isola concluded.


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