Tyres, Hockenheimring, 2014

Pirelli selects tyres for first Russian Grand Prix

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Tyres, Hockenheimring, 2014Pirelli will supply the soft and medium tyres for the first Formula One race in Russia.

F1’s official tyre supplier tends to bring a more conservative selection for the first race at a new track.

Though it is common for them to select the softest compounds for temporary circuits and street tracks – as at Monaco, Canada and next week’s Singapore Grand Prix – they have chosen to go one step harder for the inaugural race at the Sochi International Street Circuit.

Pirelli has also chosen its tyres for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, which as last year will be the medium and hard compounds.

2014 tyre selections so far

Circuit2014 Option2014 Prime2013 Option2013 Prime
MelbourneSoftMediumSuper SoftMedium
Monte-CarloSuper SoftSoftSuper SoftSoft
MontrealSuper SoftSoftSuper SoftMedium
Red Bull RingSuper SoftSoftn/an/a
HockenheimringSuper SoftSoftn/an/a
SingaporeSuper SoftSoftSuper SoftMedium

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8 comments on “Pirelli selects tyres for first Russian Grand Prix”

  1. LATG (@lotus-grosjean)
    11th September 2014, 15:38

    Ok this is just my opinion, but I think the tyres play an important role on the first impression of a new track.
    If the tyre selections are too conservative for this Sochi International Street Circuit and produce a boring race, a lot will say something like ‘the track is boring’, ‘we shouldn’t have a second race here’, ‘Valencia 2.0’ …
    But we also have had some boring races at old-school tracks. There’re a lot of factors that could determine how a race goes so it might not be a good idea to the judge the quality of the circuit right on its debut.
    Hopefully we will have an interesting race.

    1. @lotus-grosjean – A lot of factors go into making a race boring and tyres are just one of them. But no tyres were going to make Valencia worth watching. Webber doing a backflip, Kobayashi diving under people at the last turn, Schumacher getting a podium on his return, none of that made it worth watching. I predict Sochi will be a horrible Korea-Valencia reboot and tyres will not be a factor in that. Hope I’m wrong, don’t think I am.

      1. @hobo

        Honestly, didn’t you watch the race there in 2012? That was one of the greatest races I’ve ever seen!

    2. The tyres were very conservative for the first race in Austin and that was great (helped by the lack of grip).

  2. Formula Indonesia (@)
    11th September 2014, 15:46

    super-soft, medium will make it more interesting, but anyway lets hope we got an exciting race to watch, and also Russian GP will not banned by EU

  3. Still think teams should have free reign on what compounds they use.

    Would likely make things more competitive as every team could pick the best compounds for there package rather than been handicapped by a compound/s which don’t work for them.

    1. +1+1

      Great idea , still use your 2 compunds per race ,

      Would you have to pre select or run through the 4 of them in FP ?

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