Tyre allocations for Canada, Europe, Great Britain revealed 21 May 2012
Pirelli have announced the dry tyre compounds that will be used for the forthcoming races in Montreal, Valencia and Silverstone.
For the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, the teams will use the P Zero Yellow soft and P Zero Red super-soft tyres. At the Grand Prix of Europe in Valencia, the teams will have the P Zero White medium and P Zero Yellow soft at their disposal. Finally, for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in July, Pirelli will bring the P Zero Silver hard and P Zero Yellow soft.
Montreals street circuit is tight and twisty, making it ideally suited to the two softest compounds in Pirellis range - as will be used in Monaco this weekend. Valencia is also a street circuit, but higher temperatures and faster speeds mean that the medium and the soft tyres are most suitable.
Silverstone is one of the quickest circuits of the year, so the nomination of hard and soft - with a full step in between the two compounds - will draw on both the durability and performance of Pirellis tyres, while opening up many different possibilities in terms of strategy.
The 2012 rules stipulate that under normal circumstances each team will receive six sets of the harder compound and five sets of the softer compound for the race weekend, which can now be used at any point from first practice onwards.
Pirelli will also bring its Cinturato Green intermediate tyre for damp track conditions (four sets per driver) as well as the Cinturato Blue rain tyre (three sets per driver) to each race.
Tyre compounds for the 2012 season:
Australia (Melbourne) - medium, soft
Malaysia (Sepang) - hard, medium
China (Shanghai) - medium, soft
Bahrain (Sakhir) - medium, soft
Spain (Catalunya) - hard, soft
Monaco (Monte Carlo) - soft, super-soft
Canada (Montreal) - soft, super-soft
Europe (Valencia) - medium, soft
Great Britain (Silverstone) - hard, soft
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