Pirelli chose P Zero White hard as C2 cement, P Zero Yellow as C3 cement and P Zero Red soft as C4 cement for the Belgian Grand Prix. These picks are one step softer than pastes recommended for Spa last year.
This choice was made because the majority of pilots preferred medium and soft tires last year. So much so that many pilots chose all 2019 soft tires and only one hard tire allocated in 10 (but this will not be the case this year, as standard sets of tires are now supplied with two hard, three medium and eight soft tires).
Weather conditions in Belgium vary considerably at this time of the year. Although occasionally high temperatures have been recorded at Spa in the past, the likelihood of weather conditions similar to Spain in the Ardennes region is extremely low (the runway temperature was constantly below 30 degrees after the Belgian Grand Prix last year) and rain is always a serious possibility. In fact, while it rains on one part of the track, another part can remain dry. Puddles can form along the road when it rains, and aquaplaning can result as drainage is a problem. This is one of the reasons why tires were chosen in the middle of the series.
The fact that the 1-kilometer tour, which is the longest of Formula 7,004, is very wide and mixed, and epic bends such as Eau Rouge impose vertical and lateral combined forces on the tires also made this variation necessary. After all, Spa is among the runways that tire the most throughout the year. Asphalt also constitutes a very aggressive element by its nature.
Curves are not the only cause of difficulty, as the nearly 800-meter-long Kemmel straight cools the tires and this affects the grip in subsequent bends.
Despite its tough demands, Spa was largely a one-stop race last year, with the top three pilots each opting for a soft-to-medium strategy (amongst the recommended grade of harder tires). Renault's Ricciardo ran almost the entire race on the middle tire after a very early pit stop, while three of the top 10 drivers performed two pit stops.
MARIO ISOLA - F1 AND AUTOMOBILE RACING DIRECTOR
“There is no need to explain the reputation of the Spa: this classic, with its abundant slope and other variables, is also among the favorites of pilots with the challenges and excitement it brings. As we have seen mostly this season, although the cars are faster, we chose one level softer tires compared to last year. Since the spa is one of the few races that maintains its traditional place on the calendar this year, the teams already have enough data, but it is also important to note that it is the most difficult track to predict. Therefore, teams and pilots that can adapt to changing conditions most quickly will likely be able to pay off their skills. The Spa 24 Hours race, which should take a few weeks as a difference, was not run this year; The rubber residue would have been washed away by the rain anyway, but it will still be interesting to see what effect this will have. Last but not least, I'm sure everyone will remember Anthoine Hubert this weekend. On the first anniversary of his death, we will remember him with respect. "
|MINIMUM START PRESSURE (flat racing tires)||EOS SLOPE LIMIT|
|24.5 psi (front) |
21.0 psi (rear)
|-2.75 ° (front) |
-1.50 ° (back)
OTHER PİRELLİ NEWS
- Racing each Grand Prix weekend this year, Formula 2 and Formula 3 maintain their unbroken records at Spa.
- Setting a new record recently, Pirelli's 18-year-old rally star Oliver Solberg became the youngest driver to win the FIA European Rally Championship in successive years. He repeated the same feat a few weeks ago this year after becoming the youngest driver to win an ERC race during last year's Liepaja Rally in Latvia.
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