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Hungarian Grand Prix from the tyre point of view

by Ravi Ved Pics: Dppi Posted on July 24, 2012 19:36 IST 607 Views

Pirelli and Formula 1 will be heading to Hungary for the last round before the mid-season break. What does the Italian tyre manufacturer have in store for Budapest?


Pirelli PZero



After two wet weekends in Britain and Germany, Pirelli is expecting a dry and warm weekend at the Hungaroring: the first circuit to be opened behind the former Iron Curtain in 1986. The tight and twisty track is a permanent facility but has some of the characteristics of a street circuit, with a low average speed and very little grip, which gradually evolves as the weekend goes on and more rubber is laid down.


Pirelli is bringing the P Zero White medium tyre and P Zero Yellow soft tyre to Hungary: the same nomination as the German Grand Prix. This combination is designed to provide the best compromise between the grip that is needed to effectively negotiate the twisty Hungaroring and the durability required to combat the high ambient temperatures close to 30 degrees centigrade that usually characterise the Hungarian Grand Prix.


Traction and braking are the two key areas that challenge the tyres in Hungary, often causing high tyre temperatures that can increase degradation if the drivers do not look after their rubber. With the high number of tight corners and significant steering inputs, the external edges of the tyres are particularly prone to temperature spikes and wear, emphasising the need for a smooth driving style.


Unlike Silverstone and Hockenheim, Pirelli will not bring any experimental tyres to free practice at the Hungaroring, meaning that each driver will have the usual allocation of six medium tyres and five soft tyres for the race weekend.

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