Race technique for the British Grand Prix
There are huge query marks revolving round the most effective technique for immediately’s British Grand Prix with System One’s sole tyre producer Pirelli envisaging very completely different methods. F1Technical’s senior author Balázs Szabó analyses the doable race methods for immediately’s Silverstone race.
After utilizing the softer compounds on the earlier two rounds, groups have more durable compounds obtainable at Silverstone: the C1 has served because the P Zero White onerous, C2 because the P Zero Yellow medium and C3 because the P Zero Crimson delicate in Nice Britain.
Pirelli’s alternative has been dictated by the excessive power masses that Silverstone places by the tyres with among the highest common cornering speeds of the 12 months being skilled at Silverstone and drivers are subjected to lateral forces that may exceed 5g.
The observe that has hosted 57 grands prix, is among the most demanding of the entire season, particularly for the front-left tyre that has to deal with heavy loadings all through eight completely different corners.
Pirelli has mandated extraordinarily excessive beginning pressures with 26.5 psi for the fronts and 23.0 psi for the rears whereas the camber limits are -2.75° for the entrance and -1.50° for the rears.
As for the technique, a two-stopper was typically the most well-liked technique final 12 months with the identical method anticipated for this weekend. In 2022, all three compounds have been seen throughout the race: together with on the beginning grid.
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— Pirelli Motorsport (@pirellisport) July 9, 2023
Pirelli expects that the two-stop technique will emerge because the quickest in immediately’s Silverstone race. Curiously, the quickest technique would see drivers begin on the delicate compound earlier than switching for the medium between Laps 11 and 17. Following a run of roughly 25 laps on the yellow-banded C2 compound, this technique choice would see driver finish the race on the softs.
Nonetheless, a one-stop technique can be a viable choice regardless of the large masses by the 5.8km Silverstone lap. It’s because temperatures are considerably decrease than on Friday, and with clouds anticipated to cowl the sky all by Sunday, observe temperatures won’t rise considerably above the ambient temperatures.
This one-stop technique would see drivers kick off their race on the medium compound earlier than switching to the white-walled C1 compound for a mammoth stint. Another one-stop technique would contain a prolonged preliminary stint on the onerous compound earlier than swapping them for a brief stint on the delicate compound.
Curiously, there’s a two-stop technique that might contain all three compounds. It will immediate drivers to mount on the mediums for his or her opening stint earlier than switching to the hards and ending their 53-lap race on the softs.