Mario Isola comments on what to expect at the 2017 Spanish Grand Prix regarding the tyre management. Official Formula One tyre supplier Pirelli will bring the three hardest compounds in the F1 range for the first time this season, as the fourth race of the calendar, the 2017 Spanish Grand Prix will take place in a few day’s time: P Zero Orange hard, P Zero White medium, and P Zero Yellow soft are the tyre compounds available for the teams ahead of the next round of the championship. Pirelli’s decision is due to the notoriously high demands put on the tyres at the Circuit de Catalunya, which are caused not only by the well-known long and fast corners, but also by the abrasive surface and likelihood of warm weather, given the period of the year. Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is very often used as the testing venue for the official Formula 1 testing sessions, just like was the case earlier this winter, as the Spanish circuit is the track that combines each type of corner. As a result, the F1 teams probably know it best, yet many things have changed since the last visit here, just over two months ago.
“This is the last race where allocations are fixed for every team: as of Monaco, drivers are making their own choices about the quantities of each compound they would like to nominate. While Circuit de Catalunya is a well-known venue, aerodynamic evolution of the cars, enhanced by the latest upgrade packages brought to Spain, mean that performance is increased but degradation levels could also be higher compared to testing, because we can additionally expect weather conditions considerably warmer than February.” – Pirelli Head of Car Racing Mario Isola said, ahead of the race on Sunday, as reported by the online version of Italian national sports newspaper Corriere dello Sport.