For 2016, tyre manufacture, Pirelli have introduced a new tyre compound and new rules on how to use the tyres over a race weekend.
Pirelli’s main reason to change the rules is to spice up the strategy’s between drivers in hope to get more action on track.
Pirelli have introduced a new tyre called the Ultrasoft, marked purple. This is now the fifth tyre compound Pirelli have introduced along with the Hard, Medium, Soft, Supersoft tyre.
At first, I did not understand the new rules and I had read and watch videos to get an idea of what they have done.
- The drivers are allocated 13 tyres for the whole weekend.
- Pirelli pick 3 tyre compounds for that weekend.
- The drivers have to pick their own tyres 8 weeks before an European race and 14 weeks before am non European race.
- The drivers can chose from the Hard, Medium, Soft, Supersoft and Ultrasoft tyre.
- Of the 13 tyres allocated tyres for that weekend, 2 sets will be reserved for the race then 1 set of tyres will be reserved for Q3.
- The drivers can now pick from 10 sets of tyres.
- Drivers can pick from the 3 sets of tyres Pirelli bring to that race weekend. Example: 2 hard, 2 medium and 6 soft tyres.
Hand back tyres
Once you give back a tyre, you can’t get it back!
The drivers have got to give back these tyres to Pirelli:
- 1 set of tyres 40 minutes into Friday Practise 1.
- 1 set of tyres at the end of Friday Practise 1.
- 2 sets of tyres at the end of Friday Practise 2.
- 2 sets of tyres at the end of Saturday Practise 3.
- The drivers now have 4 sets of tyres for the Qualifying and Race.
- The set Pirelli set aside for Q3 is given back and you start on the compound of tyre you sat your quickest time in Q2.