F1 tyre maker Pirelli has confirmed it will bring its hard and soft compounds to the British Grand Prix weekend, these being the same tyre compounds used at the Spanish Grand Prix where both Ferrari drivers finished a lap adrift as their pace fell away running on the harder compounds.
Ferrari had, in the lead-up to this announcement, been less than subtle in its concern over the possibility over the hard-compound tyres being allocated for the race at Silverstone, even going so far as admitting that its competitiveness would be impacted when running with the harder rubber.
“I am not so optimistic with which tyres we are going to have there,” Ferrari driver Felipe Massa was quoted as saying recently.
“If we have that, it can be a problem for us – not just for us but for most of the teams maybe taking away Red Bull or even McLaren.”
However, Pirelli has remained firm in its insistence that it would not be pressured into kowtowing to the demands of one team over a rival outfit when making its decisions over tyre allocations.
“Our nominations are designed to maximise the opportunities for strategy and find the right compromise between performance and durability,” Pirelli’s motorsport boss Paul Hembery replied.
“For Silverstone, we are confirming the decision we took a few weeks ago, after once more consulting all the teams, and for the next two races we have arrived at what we feel to be the best solution based on the information that we have so far.
“As has been the case up to now this year, we think that there will be quite a wide variety of different strategies for the next three grands prix, but for all the races it’s reasonably hard to predict how many pit stops there will be: it ultimately depends on the strategy and strengths of each individual car and team.”
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