New opportunities for GP2 at Silverstone
The GP2 drivers will have new opportunities to perform at their best in Britain, with Silverstone marking the first round under new GP2 regulations that allow the drivers five sets of slick Pirelli tyres for the weekend, rather than the four that they had previously.
Up to now, the rules have only given GP2 drivers three sets of the harder nominated compound and one set of the softer compound for the weekend. From Silverstone onwards, they will have an extra set of the softer compound, which means that they can test the tyre during free practice rather than just saving it for qualifying. This latest move also opens up more opportunity for different race strategies, following Pirelli’s aim in GP2, which is to prepare drivers as comprehensively as possible for the challenges they will face in Formula One.
At Silverstone, the GP2 drivers will use the P Zero medium and soft tyres. A GP2 car, has advanced aerodynamics so it can get away with a softer compound. Consequently, the medium and the soft tyres are the ideal choice for the high-speed and high-energy British circuit, which has the second-longest lap of the calendar after Spa in Belgium.
During the first GP2 race, the cars have to make one compulsory pit stop to change at least two wheels, whereas in race two the strategy is now open (previously pit stops in race two were not allowed).
Pirelli’s racing manager Mario Isola said: “The latest GP2 regulations will allow the drivers to gain more experience of our tyres and how best to use them. This is a rule that will remain in place for the rest of the year. It’s going to be interesting to see which drivers and teams manage to make the most of the new regulations straight out of the box at Silverstone. The weather conditions at Silverstone can be very variable, which could clearly affect the set-up of the cars and the behaviour of the tyres from one session to the next.”
Pirelli Press Release