Pirelli’s brand new Hypersoft tyre compound has been officially announced to debut this season at the Canadian Grand Prix.
The pink-walled tyre compound comes brand new to Formula 1 along with the light blue-walled Superhard compound as Pirelli aggressively redesigned their tyre construction after criticism that their 2017 tyres were too conservative. A number of races last season consisted of only one pit-stop thanks to the long durability of the Pirelli rubber.
Tested by Lewis Hamilton in Abu Dhabi last year, the Briton described it as the best compound Pirelli has created since their return to the sport. The latest compound has also recently been used by Daniel Ricciardo, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen to set blistering lap times on the final three days of the second pre-season test at Barcelona test last week.
The Canadian Grand Prix at Montréal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is usually host to the softest compounds available due to the characteristics of the track that place minimal high-speed cornering loads on tyres offset against extremely high brake wear.
It is still yet to be known if Pirelli will choose to run the Hypersoft tyre at the Monaco Grand Prix – one round prior to the Grand Prix in Canada. The tight Monte Carlo street circuit is also renowned for the use of softest compound tyres available. Pirelli is curiously yet to announce the compounds available at the crown jewel event of the 2018 season.
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