2018-02-21 02:42:40 UTC
Softer tyres, new construction, more grip and varied strategies will hopefully bring us visually an even more exciting qually and overtaking during the race.
Teams must select tyres 8 weeks before a Euro race and 14 weeks before a flyaway race. For example the deadline for Australian GP tyre choice was the 14th Dec 2017 and by the 4th January 2018 Bahrain and China.
Teams get 13 sets per weekend.
Pirelli choose 3 of those tyres, one will be the qually tyre the softest and then the two race tyres.
Thank your deity that all compounds are now one step softer and they will be staggering choices as you'll see in China. They have added a SuperHard and HyperSoft to slick race tyre range and there's still two Wet tyres but they have added a second Inter. The compounds are:
SuperHard (Orange), Hard (Blue), Medium, Soft, SuperSoft, UltraSoft, HyperSoft (Pink).
BaseWet(hard), SoftWet, BaseInter(hard), SoftInter.
New materials and carcass design provides improved distribution over the contact patch. I also noticed in the car releases that the new tyres look rounder.
Compound Choices so far:
Australia: Soft(r), SuperSoft(r), UltraSoft(q).
Bahrain: Medium(r), Soft(r), SuperSoft(q).
China: Medium(r), Soft(r), UltraSoft(q), #Note the double step!.
Azerbaijan: Soft(r), SuperSoft(r), UltraSoft(q).
So hopefully we'll see a return of interesting strategies (and the stupid fools can sing "frangible tyres" as much as they like, lol).
Nando said of the Hypersoft, "That's a qually tyre!", unfortunately I won't see it in Melbourne :-( but for those who recall the old single lap qually tyres (and engines) we'll get a small taste of what we remember and you new blokes will get a taste of what you missed. Monaco will probably be the first time we'll see the HyperSoft.