Formula One official tyre supplier Pirelli has confirmed its compound choices for July’s German Grand Prix – which will feature a non-linear approach for the second time this season. The Ultrasoft, Soft and Medium tyres will be taken to the event at Hockenheim, meaning the Supersoft step will be missed out.
It mirrors the approach taken by the company for the Chinese Grand Prix, having diverted from its usual strategy of taking successive compound steps. Pirelli revealed during testing that Formula 1 drivers had been pushing for compounds to be skipped, having commented that some compounds are too close to each other in terms of performance and wear. As per usual, one set of the softest compound (in Germany’s case the Ultrasoft) must be saved for Q3, while either the Softs or Mediums must be run for one stint of the 67-lap Grand Prix, assuming dry conditions prevail.
Of the remaining ten of the 13 sets available for each driver, they are permitted free choice from the nominated compounds.