F1 Announces Tire Selections for Canada, Compounds for Singapore
Formula One and Pirelli have released the tire choices made by teams for the Canadian Grand Prix.
This year marks the third straight season that Pirelli has offered three compounds for each event. As the same with 2016 and 2017, teams are required to use two of the three compounds during the event, with a total allotment of 13 sets over the weekend.
The choices must be submitted 14 weeks in advance for long-haul events, and eight weeks in advance of European races. The deadline for decisions was implemented to reduce transport costs. If a team does not give their choices to the FIA before the deadline, the FIA will choose which tires the team can use.
Across the board, the teams appear to be going with different philosophies. Monaco race winner Daniel Riccardo is one of the 10 drivers that will have two sets of the hardest tire available, with 2017 Driver’s Champion Lewis Hamilton is among the nine with three sets. When it comes to the softest compound, half of the teams elected for eighth, with Hamilton actually getting five sets.
A complete breakdown of the choices can be viewed below.
The manufacture also announced they will bring the yellow-marked soft, purple-marked ultrasoft, and pink-marked hypersoft compounds for the Singapore Grand Prix which takes place on September 16. It will mark the first event of the season for this combination in 2018, but the third appearance for the new hypersoft tires.
In previous years, F1 teams had their choice of just two compounds per race. However, Pirelli and FIA switched to three sets for 2016, with the requirement that each team must use two of the three during the event. For each of these races, the hardest two compounds at each race are the required compound.
Qualifying regulations, which went into effect in 2016, state that the softest tire compound for the weekend is designated as the compound for the final session.
For the first two qualifying sessions, teams can use whichever compound they prefer, except for the dedicated Q3 tire. The top eight drivers will use the Q3 tire set in the third sector of qualifying and give it back to Pirelli afterward, while the remaining drivers may keep their set for the race. They can either start the race with the softest compound or choose another.
For the first five events of the season, though, all 13 sets for each driver are identical and defined in the regulations: seven sets of the softest of the three nominated compounds, four sets of the middle compound and two of the hardest compound nominated.
With the reveal of these compounds, the compounds have been unveiled for 13 races in 2018.
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