The Austrian GP on a rollercoaster circuit
The Red Bull Ring will host, from 7th to 9th July the Austrian GP,the 9th appointment of the 2017 Formula 1 World Championship (where many teams involved are equipped by BMC). The circuit of Spielberg has some characteristics in common with the succession of low-grip circuits that have come immediately before it, with a slippery surface and relatively contained lateral forces. As opposed to Azerbaijan, Canada and Monaco, it’s an entirely permanent venue: a chopped down version of the mythical Osterreichring. This gives the track an old-school feel, and a lot of it is visible from any vantage point; it’s one of the shortest laps of the year. The three softest tyres in Pirelli’s Formula 1 range will be used in Austria: P Zero Yellow soft, P Zero Red supersoft and P Zero Purple ultrasoft. These should be well-suited to the rollercoaster Spielberg layout, providing the right compromise between warm-up, performance and durability.
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Mario Isola – Pirelli Motorsport – Head of Car Racing
“The natural selection for this type of circuit is the three softest compounds in the range. Having said that, we’ve seen in the past that Austria also has the capability to spring a few surprises. When we get there we’ll see if one stops or two are more likely, but it will be important for teams to build some flexibility into the strategies as well. Longitudinal forces – so traction and braking – are the key aspects in Austria, rather than cornering. In spite of that, there’s still a good chance of the lap record coming down, as we saw in Baku”.
Curiosities & numbers
21.5 psi(1.482 bar) minimum starting pressures (front slick)
19.5 psi(1.344 bar) minimum starting pressures (rear slicks)
–3.50° camber limit (front)
–2.00° camber limit (rear)
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