Hyper-soft tyre, Circuit de Catalunya, 2018

Ultra-soft tyres nominated for French Grand Prix

2018 French Grand Prix

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Pirelli has nominated the ultra-soft tyre for Formula One’s return to the Paul Ricard circuit in France later this year.

F1’s official tyre supplier has nominated the second-softest tyre in its range along with the super-soft and soft for the first grand prix at the track since 1990.

The circuit has recently been resurfaced and now features the same kind of high-grip asphalt used at the Circuit de Catalunya and Silverstone. Pirelli will bring special tyres with lower tread depths for the races at these three tracks.

2018 F1 tyres selections

2018 tyres 2017 tyres
Melbourne Soft Super-soft Ultra-soft Soft Super-soft Ultra-soft
Bahrain Medium Soft Super-soft Medium Soft Super-soft
Shanghai Medium Soft Ultra-soft Medium Soft Super-soft
Baku Soft Super-soft Ultra-soft Medium Soft Super-soft
Catalunya Medium Soft Super-soft Hard Medium Soft
Monte-Carlo Super-soft Ultra-soft Hyper-soft Soft Super-soft Ultra-soft
Montreal Super-soft Ultra-soft Hyper-soft Soft Super-soft Ultra-soft
Paul Ricard Soft Super-soft Ultra-soft n/a n/a n/a
Red Bull Ring Soft Super-soft Ultra-soft
Silverstone Medium Soft Super-soft
Hockenheimring n/a n/a n/a
Hungaroring Medium Soft Super-soft
Spa-Francorchamps Soft Super-soft Ultra-soft
Monza Medium Soft Super-soft
Singapore Soft Super-soft Ultra-soft
Sochi Soft Super-soft Ultra-soft
Suzuka Medium Soft Super-soft
Circuit of the Americas Soft Super-soft Ultra-soft
Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez Soft Super-soft Ultra-soft
Interlagos Medium Soft Super-soft
Yas Marina Soft Super-soft Ultra-soft

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13 comments on “Ultra-soft tyres nominated for French Grand Prix”

  1. Hopefully, the hypersoft/ultra-soft/supersoft combination will be chosen for Singapore, Sochi, and Yas Marina and the ultra-soft/supersoft/soft for Hockenheim, Hungaroring, and Monza at least.

    1. I hope to see many races with 2 steps between the softest and the 2nd softest tire, like in China.

  2. In the image at the top, does anyone know what the large screwhead-like object on the inside of the wheel rim is? To the right of the picture as seen here.

    (Not sure why my earlier comment asking this was deleted)

    1. Temperature sensor (housing, actually)

      1. Cheers, @paulheppler , I’ve never noticed it before :-)

  3. Neil (@neilosjames)
    20th April 2018, 12:29

    I’ve reached the point where ‘soft’ no longer looks like a word. Having the same word in four of the compounds (out of the five they actually use) bothers me far more than it should.

    1. So, it’s become a 4-letter word for you? :-) @neilosjames

    2. @neilosjames Agreed, it just doesn’t make sense. Over-complicated, a bit baffling and (I find) very boring. And thats before the added complication of the teams and drivers then referring to the tyre selections as options and primes.

    3. Totally agree – for a sport that claims to be trying to make things easy for the casual viewer, this is nonsense. There are two easy solutions:
      1) Bring three tyres (whichever ones they like) to each race and call them soft, medium and hard.
      2) Label the tyres 1-7, with 1 as the softest working up to the hardest, accompanied by intermediates and wets.

      1. I like this idea, especially the numbers. The hardcore fans can know which tyres are at each track, but for the casual fans who don’t care and just find it confusing, it makes it so much easier.

    4. The iconography for broadcasts is probably even worse – IIRC, it shows an S for multiple compounds, and puts in a surrounding colour that is meant to represent the compound. A classic case of form over function, since they want to keep the circular tyre shape, instead of using atleast a 2-letter abbreviation.

    5. So substitute the last three (super-soft, ultra-soft and hyper-soft) with grabby, gummy and sticky. Now let the race announcers go the race strategy for each team.

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