Apart of Pirelli’s revamp of the 2018 Formula 1 tyre range, the Italian tyre supplier has announced that the ice blue-walled’ Hard compound tyre will make its competitive debut at the upcoming British Grand Prix in July.
The announcement leaves only the orange-walled Superhard compound yet to appear at a Grand Prix in 2018, although it is unlikely to be raced.
The reason it is there is so Pirelli can use it at their disposal if needed at a track with unusual track conditions. Pirelli is unable to make a special one-off tyre during a weekend or just before a Grand Prix, meaning their new Superhard and Hypersoft compounds are considered ‘special tyres’ – or as some like to call it, the ’emergency tyres’.
The British Grand Prix will be the tenth round of the 2018 Formula One World Championship, with the Silverstone Circuit also using the occasion to celebrate its 70th anniversary.
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