After several F1 drivers complained about the ineffectiveness of the hard compound tyres ahead of this year’s Spanish Grand Prix, the tyre supplier Pirelli reviewed the effectiveness and usage of these tyres for the rest of the 2017 season.
In Spain, Pirelli’s F1 boss Mario Isola said that they had reviewed the hard tyre situation and would possibly use it in Britain, Japan, Malaysia, and Brazil. (F1 : Pirelli say tyres shall be softer in 2018).
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Having dropped it from the tyre choices for the British GP earlier (F1 : No hard tyres for the British GP), they have now dropped it from the choices for the Japanese GP and the rest of the season.
“I can confirm, no hards for the rest of the season”, said a Pirelli spokesman ahead of this weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
As a fan, it is good to see Pirelli taking such swift action to address issues raised. Also, it looks like they’ve got bags of confidence in the loads their super-soft tyres can take to just abandon the hard tyres.
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– Aditya Bhat.